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Here’s a really neat image of a bobcat kitten photographed at Red River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Unit near Bossier City, Louisiana this past Sunday (26Jul14).  Now bobcats aren’t rare by any means, but they are not something I see very often at the Refuge, usually one or two sightings a year, if I’m lucky. […]

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Alien Bug?

Imagine this creature being 6 feet long, lurking in tall vegetation, just waiting for some unsuspecting animal (like you) to come wandering by.  Before you know it that spike is raised and then quickly thrust into your body.  There’s no escaping.  You are a goner in a matter of seconds.  Sounds like something out of Starship […]

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Henry’s Elfin

An interesting find on the Redbud.  This is a butterfly called Henry’s Elfin (Callophrys henrici).  They are a type of hairstreak butterfly-quite small like all hairstreaks.  Usually unnoticed, as they don’t have the bright orange flashy colors associated with many butterflies.  The intricate scale pattern is very attractive. I was looking over the Redbud blossoms, […]

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Spring is Here

Spring is here!  The signs are everywhere.  Trees are greening out and flowering.  The May Apples are up, the dogwoods are just starting to leaf out.  Winter birds such as the Cedar waxwings are still hanging around waiting on the bountiful supply of berries from fruiting bushes and trees.  But early spring migrants are arriving.  […]

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Duck Out of Water

Ducks are supposed to be swimming in the water-right?  Well, not all ducks stay in the water all the time.  We just have a picture in our mind that ducks should be swimming around in a lake somewhere. The fine specimen here is a male Wood Duck.  He’s standing on a large branch from a […]

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Fish for Breakfast

What better way to start off the day than having fresh fish for breakfast.  Now if you didn’t know better, you’d think this little bird might have gotten a little ambitious in catching that rather large perch.  How does he expect to eat that big fish?   It just barely fits in its mouth.  But don’t […]

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Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrows can be found in northwest Louisiana during the winter months.  This bird was photographed at Red River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Unit.  A Savannah Sparrow was on the same dead tree as this Vesper Sparrow.  Seems like Savannahs are plentiful, but not so with the Vesper. Many sparrows tend to look alike [the proverbial LBJ (little brown […]

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White-crowned Pigeon

Here’s another lifer bird.  This is a White-crowned Pigeon (Columba leucocephala).  They are common in the Bahamas, Cuba, Florida Keys and even found in the southern Florida tip.  This particular image was taken in Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas at a little nature park called Ardastra Gardens.  The bird was not captive.  As is the case […]

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Cuban Grassquit

One of several new life species encountered on a recent trip to the Carribean.  This bird is a male Cuban Grassquit (Tiarus canorus) and was photographed in the capital city of Nassau on the island of New Providence, Bahamas.  The Cuban Grassquit is a native to Cuba, and is a non-native introduced bird to the Bahamas.  […]

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The Charmer

What’s there not to like about this guy?  Looks sharp decked out in his flamboyant orange outfit.  The spikes down his back are definitely an added bonus.  That big wart-like spot on the side of his face…well you can overlook some things.  He’s obviously out on the prowl, trying to put the charm on some […]

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