Category Archives: 2017

A Nemesis Bird




During my recent trip to the Texas’ Gulf Coast, I was finally able to capture a few images of one of my nemesis birds … the Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway). At the time this bird flew over, I was photographing other birds at the Leonabelle Turner Birding Center in Port Aransas. Fortunately, I looked up […]

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Little Pink Bells




From a little over a week ago, after we had a snowfall, I found these cute little pink, bell-shaped flowers in one of our wildflower gardens. They resemble the blue harebell wildflowers a lot, but I’m pretty sure these are not wildflowers. My wife planted a lot of non-natives in the area, mostly iris and […]

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More Signs of Spring




After the recent snowfall, I also found some early, woodland wildflowers growing around my rural property. The Virginia Bluebells had some small buds, still being covered by the leaves, trying to poke out: I then set up my camera on a tripod to capture some images for Focus-stacking: This focus-stacked image was made by capturing […]

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Almost Spring




… but not quite! A look at the calendar says that spring is only 5 days away. But yesterday’s snow puts that into question! After a morning of snow, I hiked around my rural Missouri land to see what photo opportunities existed. The snowfall was quite “trivial”, but with temperatures below freezing, it sure wasn’t […]

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Cormorant At Rest




When I visited the Leonabelle Birding Center (Port Aransas, Texas) a while back, I photographed a resting Double-crested Cormorant that was on the boardwalk at the birding center:   Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 7D Mark II body Canon 100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens Handheld, with IS “On) ISO 400 Aperture f/5.6 Shutter 1/200 sec. to 1/500 […]

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Fun Friday: The Standoff




Today’s “Fun Friday” post comes from my recent trip to the Aransas NWR, along the Texas Gulf Coast, to photograph the wintering Whooping Cranes. As this adult crane was crabbing, he ran upon a blue crab that wasn’t ready for lunch. As the crane worked at dislodging the crab from the muddy bottom, the crab […]

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Whoopers in Flight




(Note: Currently, I’m involved in a last-minute, 3-day project that came my way on Friday afternoon.  Likely will not be on social medial much for a couple of days. I’ll share info on this unique opportunity in a few days :o)  ) Today’s post features some Whooping Cranes in flight. One of the very distinct […]

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Fun Friday: Muskrat on Steroids




Today’s “Fun Friday” post features a critter I had never seen before, only in books and field guides. The Nutria (Myocastor coypus), or “Coypu” is native to South America and the Caribbean; it was introduced in Louisiana in the 1930’s, for their fur. But they escaped from captivity during the hurricane floodings in the 1940’s. […]

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Pied-billed Grebes




Another common bird at the Leonabelle Turnbell Birding Center (Port Aransas, TX) was the Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps). Most were in their winter coats, with either a missing or indistinct ring around their bill. However, at least one was showing the ring quite well (note the ringed bill on the bottom image, below). Here are […]

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The Silent Stalker




One afternoon, after the whooping crane boat charter ended, I drove to nearby Aransas Pass and photographed birds at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center. This excellent birding facility contains a short boardwalk that extends out over the marshy waters. Along the route, various birds and other wildlife can be observed at extreme closeup range. Today’s […]

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