Category Archives: Birds

Blog posts that describe behaviors or contain nature photographs of birds.

Fun Friday: The Neighborhood Just Got Louder




Last weekend I was working just outside my walkout basement door when I heard a lot of loud, excruciating screeches coming from my back yard. Walking around the corner, I spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk circling over the woodland. Hearing one of these hawks is not atypical; a pair has been nesting in my neighbor’s yard […]

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Great Blue Herons




Another common bird found on the Aransas NWR during my winter trip to the Texas Gulf Coast, was the Great Blue Heron: A very common bird, but one always fun to watch/photograph! Photographic Equipment Used: Top Image: Canon 5D Mark III body; Bottom Image: Canon 7D Mark II body Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens + […]

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Foggy White Birds




While in Texas this past winter, I saw a lot of American White Pelicans that were wintering on the Aransas NWR. Early one morning, we had a nice layer of fog settle over the refuge, where we came upon some pelicans. In this image, a large group of white, wading birds were busy feeding in […]

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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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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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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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Fun Friday: Foggy Double Vision




Today’s “Fun Friday” post features a pair of adult Whooping Cranes foraging in the early morning fog that fell over Aransas NWR, captured during my recent trip to photographic the endangered whoopers on their wintering grounds along the Texas Gulf Coast: Coming up … more Whoopers and other, water-loving birds. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D […]

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