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Headed for Cover

Spotted fawn White-tailed Deer are always high on the “awwwww”  and “it’s sooooo cuuuuuuute” factor.  This little one was photographed this past Sunday 12Aug12 at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Unit.  In over 5  years of photographing at Headquarters Unit, this is one of the few spotted fawns I’ve seen.  It’s nothing to […]

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Ibis I Am

This odd looking bird is pretty common around rivers and lakes throughout much of the year in northwest Louisiana.  The long decurved bill, white wings and black wingtips make for an easy identification of an adult White Ibis.  I see them often early in the morning flying overhead in small groups heading out in search […]

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Summertime Blues

A nice colorful summer bird around northwest Louisiana is the male Blue Grosbeak.  This image was taken Sunday 5Aug12 at the Bayou Pierre Unit of Red River National Wildlife Refuge.  Grosbeaks are seed eaters, as might be implied by their “gross” or large beaks.  This guy, along with several other similar but brownish birds-presumably a […]

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Yellow All Over

August in northwest Louisiana.  It is hot!  But at least this summer is pretty typical.  Now last summer was brutally hot.  The central U.S. is getting it this summer.  For those who enjoy the outdoors, fall sports are getting started and lots of folks are daydreaming about the upcoming deer season. August is also a […]

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Aliens Among Us?

Could this be a new species from the jungles of some remote spot in South America?  Sort of looks like a kangaroo.  Maybe a genetic anomaly from the Australian outback.  Definitely resembles a mammal.  Knowing that the image was taken in Louisiana, we can rule out some type of kangaroo.  Not really what bigfoot is […]

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Puffin Stuffin’

Another new life bird from a recent trip to Maine.  This is an Atlantic Puffin.  They generally stay out to sea, but hang around shore to nest.  We took a Nature Cruise tour out of Bar Harbor.  The trip lasted about 2 ½ hours, as we had to go up to Petit Manaan island, part […]

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Lookin’ for a Handout

This Herring Gull flew in and landed right next to our car just as we stopped for a “Kodak Moment” at a scenic overlook in Acadia National Park.  Sorry to disappoint the gull, but no handouts.  But it must have thought the camera and lens might have some food in there somewhere.  I walked all […]

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Black Guillemot

Here’s a new life bird for me.  Black Guillemots are mostly found along the shores of the Arctic.  They spend most of their lives in and next to the water.  They dive underwater for food.  About the closest thing to compare them to from what we see in northwest Louisiana would be a Pied-billed Grebe.  […]

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What did I do this time??

The adult Canada Goose gives junior dragging up the rear the evil eye as the whole family emerges from a short dip in the pond.  Wonder what junior did this time?  Maybe not paying attention, again?  Wandering off away from the group, again?  Survival to adulthood won’t be easy.  There are lots of predators out […]

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Galloping Gallinule

Is this the swamp bird version of the funky chicken?  I ran across this bird last weekend at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Unit near Bossier City, Louisiana.  As pointed out by my birding friends, what was once a Common Moorhen is now called a Common Gallinule.  More commonly associated with southern Louisiana swamps, […]

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