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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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The Suitors

The Suitors is the final image included in the upcoming art exhibit at Magale Library, Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana.  The exhibit opens Friday, June 1st and continues throughout the summer months during regular hours (M-F 8-4:30).  A reception will be held on Saturday 23Jun from 2-5 PM. The exhibit features images taken on the Red […]

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Southbound

Occasionally in the fall, on a crisp cool northwest Louisiana night you might wake up to a sound that just isn’t normal.  You can hear something, but just can’t make out what all that racket is or where it’s coming from.  Finally you stick your head outside and still can’t quite figure out that noise.  […]

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Harrier Drone

Before the sun even rises above the horizon, the Northern Harrier is already out on the hunt.  The grassy fields at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge Bayou Pierre Unit 30 minutes south of Shreveport are an excellent hunting ground for these raptors.  Juvenile Northern Harriers can often be found during the fall and winter […]

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Spoonbill Gossip

Spoonbill Gossip is one of my favorite images.  These Roseate Spoonbills were part of a larger group photographed at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Unit in September 2011.  I had occasionally seen spoonbills flying overhead at Headquarters Unit, but this was the first time I had seen even one, let alone nearly a […]

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Summer Gold

Summer Gold features a female Dickcissel perched on a locust tree branch.  Dickcissels are common to northwest Louisiana during the spring, summer and fall.  They are seed eaters, as you might be able to infer from the shape of their beaks.  This image was taken in August 2011 at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge […]

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Red-eye Flight

Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets can be found on Lake Caroline at Red River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Unit throughout the year.  During spring, summer and fall Cattle Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, occasional Tri-colored Herons, Green Herons, Yellow-crowned Night-Herons and Black-crowned Night-Herons may all be observed on and around the lake.  Of […]

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Freebird

Ask a hundred random people in Shreveport or Bossier City, Louisiana if Bald Eagles were ever seen around these parts and what do you think they would say?  I’m going to venture a guess and say the majority would say there are no Bald Eagles around here.  For those birders, boaters and others that spend […]

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