Common Nighthawks Evening

The afternoon began with coyotes, turkey vultures, and wildflowers. It ended with trying to capture bats with an echometer. What greeted us instead were four common nighthawks Chordeiles minor flying over the Beaver Pond foraging for their dinner.    Soundless in their flight except for the wingbeats they put on an aerobatic show of swooping and diving over…

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My First Dickcissel

When I heard a distant bird song about 500 yards away, I knew immediately I never heard it before. The sound I was hearing I later learned was a distinct dick-dick-ceessa-ceessa. The bird kept repeating its song over and over on a moderately cool morning in the Rolling Plains of Foard County. My eyes followed…

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A Wildlife Moment with a Painted Bunting

There are moments that I’ve longed for. Many of those moments I’ve not had yet and still desire to have. Some moments I’ve already had. This was one of those moments. What was it? Finally, photographing a painted bunting like this… Painted buntings became one of my favorite birds when I was at Welder Wildlife…

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A Red-Tailed Hawk Look

The camera traps I set have often captured red-tailed hawks at our Beaver Pond since I have been monitoring the wildlife at Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus beginning in 2015. Most of the photo captures show these hawks just sitting at the pond edge as if they are looking over their domain. There was one set…

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