Feb 042017
 
For the Love of Birds

I urge everyone to start their Bird Life List.   I have always loved birds and last February a friend of my parents suggested that I record what I’ve seen past and present.  It has literally changed my life as it created an excuse to go out and explore nature.   All ages and abilities can enjoy birding and it is a great

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Sep 262016
 
A Summer of Extraordinary Urban Wildlife - 2016

What an amazing summer it has been! I have been pursuing Wildlife photography for over ten years now, and I am still making new and exciting discoveries. What a wonderful hobby this is! This summer has been special with sights and sounds like few others. The long hard drought of 2012 through 2014 is now

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Oct 312015
 
The Herony at Wayne Frady Park in Lewisville, Texas

Dateline – September 19-20, 2015, Lewisville, Texas In North Texas, there are several different species of herons and egrets—long-necked and elegant wading birds—that come together each year to reproduce in communal nesting sites. Colonies of nesting birds such as these are know as heronies or rookeries, and can consist of hundreds and even thousands of

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Oct 142014
 
End of Summer Urban Wildlife Recap

Its been a busy summer. I didn’t get out as often as I would have liked—it seems real life kept getting in the way. A number of special projects I had in mind for this summer will have to be put off until next year. But that’s ok, in spite of the obstacles I did

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Sep 232014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 18

Aug 22, 2014 – Carrollton, Texas NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] This post will mark my last visit to Josey Ranch Lake Park this summer. The juvenile Mute Swan, whose progress I have been following is very nearly grown now.

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Jun 252014
 
Urban Wildlife Roundup - North and South

Dateline – June 20, 2014 Today’s urban wildlife roundup will take us to the far extremes of the metroplex—both north and south. The first set of photographs were taken around Lewisville Lake in Denton County over the course of several days. The next section contains a collection of pictures recorded just last weekend in south

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Jun 092014
 
Mute Swan - Nest 2014 Update 11

Dateline – June 6, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] The Mute Swan cygnet continues to grow and there have been a number of subtle changes in his appearance. The young swan’s bill is becoming longer and his pin feathers

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Jun 022014
 
Mute Swan – Nest 2014 Update 10

Dateline – May 30, 2014 NOTE: This post is part of a continuing series of observations: [ First | << Prev | Next >> ] I’ve got several things to update you on in this post, but like always, I will start with the Mute Swans. It’s an easy update this week, as everything is

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Jul 282013
 
Snowy Egret - Vine Climbing

These are fledgling Snowy Egrets. They have just recently left the nest and are working developing the strength and skills they need to fly and become independent. On this afternoon, the young snowy egrets were shimming up and down vines hanging from the rookery’s trees. The had varying degrees of success, but each ascent and

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Jul 202013
 
Snowy Egret - Feeding Four

A Snowy Egret feeding a family of four at the UTSWMC Rookery in Dallas, Texas.   County – Dallas City – Dallas Date – May 25, 2013 Time of Day – Noon Temperature – Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C) Weather – Overcast Habitat – Undeveloped-Wooded Type of Behavior – Care of Young Gender – Mixed Maturity – Mixed

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