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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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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