Longing For Warmer Temps, and …

… Roseatte Spoonbills (Ajaia ajaja)! As with most of the country right now, we’re experiencing very cold temperatures in Missouri. So cold that, while daydreaming earlier today, I envisioned watching the beautiful Roseatte Spoonbills as they arrived in front of me at Ding Darling NWR (Florida) a few years ago. These beauties are one of […]

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Is It Real, or Is It Memorex (2012)?

Take a quick peek at this image and, without reading further down, give me your impression … is it real? what is going on? anything look strange to you? Well, the above image was rotated 180-degrees. Here is what the actual image looked like: This was simply a reflection of the Great Blue Heron (Ardea […]

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Having a Grumpy Monday?

… so is this guy!           I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rattlesnake photo where the snake looks even remotely friendly!  This Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) was no exception. I found this guy, a few years ago, at the prairie dog town that is located in the Wichita Mountains […]

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Lee Metcalf NWR, Part 3

Today’s post is the final one from the Lee Metcalf NWR and includes some other friends I met there, during my stopover on the way to Alaska. One of the cool birds that resides there is the Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus). We normally only see these birds back home (Missouri) for short periods of time, […]

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Sensational Sandhills!

Today’s photo was also made a couple of days ago at the Lee Metcalf NWR, outside Missoula, Montana. During my day at the refuge, I was constantly hearing Sandhill Cranes, with their raspy “croaking” sounds, but could never spot them in the refuge’s tall grasses. However, late morning brought 4 of them flying across the […]

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