May 062014
 
Nutria - A Little Bit Different

Nutrias and Beavers can look superficially similar when they are observed swimming through the water. Because of this it can sometimes be hard to tell the two rodents apart at first glance. One of the first things I look for when trying to differentiate these rodents is the color of their snouts. Nutrias typically have

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May 022014
 
Carolina Chickadee - Little Bird

These little busybodies are hard to pin down. They flitter from branch to branch so quickly that it is difficult to get the camera on them in time for a clear shot—especially at close range. This Carolina Chickadee was close enough—maybe even a little too close, as the camera angle is from a little further

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Apr 292014
 
White-tailed Deer - Last Light

The shadows were getting long when I first spotted this female White-tailed Deer. Nightfall was less than an hour away, and this doe was getting an early start on her evening browsing. A White-tailed Deer’s camouflage is very effective under these kind of lighting conditions, as you can see in the photographs below. This doe

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Apr 222014
 
American Alligator - At Home in Lewisville

This exciting observation comes to us from Denver Kramer. Denver spotted this 4 to 6 foot long alligator in a small wetland area near Lewisville Lake. Denver observed the stealthy reptile for around two hours, and at one point he watched as the alligator seemed to consider trying to make lunch of a egret perched

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Apr 112014
 
Mallard - Intersex

This is a photograph of an intersex Mallard. In this case, we have a female duck which is also displaying some secondary gender traits of a male Mallard—most notably in its plumage coloration. This unusual condition occurs for a couple of possible reasons. One might be that the duck has the gonadal tissue of both

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Apr 032014
 
White-throated Sparrow - Wet Weather

A light rain was falling when I found the pair—a male and a female—of White-throated Sparrows roaming through a small thicket. The two birds were following each other through the woods, pausing only occasionally to shake off excess rain water and to preen. Wikipedia reports the following about the White-throated Sparrow: The White-throated Sparrow is

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Mar 192014
 
American Coot - Wandering Woodlake

The American Coots in this post were photographed at Woodlake Pond in Carrollton, Texas. They had gathered on the banks of the small lake in order to feed on bread crumbs offered by patrons of the Park. American Coots are interesting birds. It seem that every time I return to them I learn about some

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Mar 132014
 
Greater Yellowlegs - Winter Wader

Its easy to see why this bird is called the Greater Yellowlegs. We found this individual at John Bunker Sands in Seagoville, Texas. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about these interesting birds: The Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) is a large North American shorebird, similar in appearance to the smaller Lesser Yellowlegs. Its closest

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Mar 122014
 
Eastern Cottontail - In the Neighborhood

Eastern Cottontails are a fixture in most neighborhood across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. These charming animals make themselves right at home in the urban environment. With plenty of well-watered grass to feed on, cottontails want for nothing. Only when these gently animals venture into vegetable gardens or partake of our ornamentals do they draw the

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