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 052014
American Alligator - How Big?

One last update on the Lewisville Lake alligators for the time being… A quick visit allowed me the chance to see both alligators together, if only for a brief time before sunset. One alligator was mostly out of the water when I arrived and that afforded me the opportunity to get a quick picture of

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Apr 022014
Gadwall - Handsome

Gadwalls have a subtle and understated beauty that I really admire. From a distance it can be missed. A discerning examination is required to notice it hidden in the muted earth tones of browns and grays. But when you look closer, striking patterns and delicately draped feathers that seem to glow softly with a light

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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 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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