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Northern Flicker

I drove up to Palo Duro Reservoir early one morning last week and was rewarded with photos of an inter-grade Northern Flicker. I am lucky enough to live in an area where the territories of the red-shafted (western US) and yellow-shafted (eastern US) sub-species overlap and so see these pretty regularly year round. In areas…

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Belted Kingfisher

I saw this Belted Kingfisher as I paddled in Martin Canyon on the southwestern end of the lake the other morning. I got the start of its dive but couldn’t keep up with it. I missed the shot of it missing its fish.

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Swainson’s Hawks

I came upon an amazing assembly of Swainson’s Hawk adults and juveniles a couple of days ago on a dirt road just north of Panhandle, Texas.  I reported a hundred. I think that there was probably more.

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White-faced Ibis

These White-faced Ibis were in a playa just north of the town of Panhandle, Texas a week or so ago. They’re called White-faced because they have a white line around the eye and face (the face turns red) during breeding season. They are nearly identical looking to another type of ibis called the Glossy Ibis but…

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Great Gettin’ up Morning

I got up early this morning, loaded the kayak into the back of the truck in the dark and drove out to Lake Meredith in time to watch the sunrise from the middle of the lake. I could hear a couple of hunters in the cattails at the far southwestern end of the lake and I…

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Dark Days

Here’s more photographs from the last week. It’s been wonderfully rainy all week, but getting good shots of birds has been difficult. the lake is up a couple of inches, though, and that’s a nice turnaround from weeks and weeks of dropping levels. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Eastern Phoebe Spotted Sandpiper Double-crested Cormorant Blue-winged Teal Great Blue…

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A Hunting Green Heron

We’ve finally gotten some much needed rain the last two weeks, but it has slowed my birding and kayaking quite a bit. Here’s a Green Heron hunting and fishing in the flooded beach at the Stilling Basin, a large pond below the dam at Lake Meredith in the Canadian River wetlands.

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180

I posted my 180th bird sighting for the year today, my best year ever and it’s only 2/3rds gone.  My previous best was 171 back in 2013 and that year we took trips to the coast and to Missouri to see birds (okay, my parents live in Missouri,) and we didn’t get to the coast…

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Birds, Boats, and Beautiful Weather

We’ve had a rather dry summer so far this year, a return to the drought of the last decade or so, only not quite as bad as it was before. We were fortunate to have a really wet summer last year and our local lake went from nearly gone to about 25% capacity.  It’s still…

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Sittin’ in the Yard Drinking Beer

Today was a beautifully mild summer day, a real treat from the blazing hot, dry summer we’ve had so far. It rained last night and was cloudy most of today with a high temp around 90. I took advantage of the weather and went kayaking this morning and mowed this afternoon. After mowing I sat…