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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Feb 122014
Ruddy Duck - To Tell the Tale of the Tail

I photographed these Ruddy Ducks at White Rock Lake. A male and female where busy diving for food near the dam, while a larger congregation was visible a little further out on the lake. Ruddy Ducks are small ducks with a distinctive long, stiff-feathered tail. The male will develop a bright pastel blue bill during

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Jan 242014
Mallard - Desolate

I found these Mallards (a male and female) swimming in this alien-looking and desolate pondscape on a warm afternoon in December. This is odd scene is actually a Beaver pond in decline. Several months ago the city removed the Beavers and breached their dam. Since then the water level has fallen significantly. The clumps of

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Jan 232014
Pied-billed Grebe - Suburban Creek

These Pied-billed Grebes were seen swimming in a widening of Dudley Branch just before it converges with the Trinity River near Indian Creek Golf Course. Wikipedia has this to say about Pied-billed Grebes: The Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) is a species of the grebe family of water birds. Since the Atitlán Grebe (Podilymbus gigas) has

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Jul 092013
Nutria - To The Lily Pads

This Nutria was observed grooming himself in the reeds at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, Seagoville, Texas. A few minutes later, the Nutria entered the water and swam to an area thick with lily pads. Wikipedia has this to say about Nutria: The coypu (from the Mapudungun, koypu), (Myocastor coypus), also known as the river

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