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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Wintering American Avocets




Today’s post is a short break from the Whooping Crane posts, but the Whoopers will be back! A lot of other birds were active on the Aransas NWR, including this group of American Avocets, sporting their winter plumage coats. During a flyby before landing, it was really great to watch them flying by in tight […]

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Beauty at Work!




Still from the first day on the boat, as the day progressed and we made our way farther into the refuge (Aransas NWR), we had whooping cranes very close to our boat. We typically moved the boat to get a clear shot, then parked it along the bank and let the cranes move around and […]

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Fun Friday: The Sentries




Today’s “Fun Friday” post features an image I captured during my recent wintering Whooping Crane photography trip to the Aransas NWR, located along the Texas Gulf Coast. As our boat slowly scoured the shoreline for bird activity, we came upon this pair of adult Whooping Cranes who seemed to saying, “You watch that way, and […]

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