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Bonaparte’s Gull A First For Me!

A small, graceful gull with bright white patches in its wings, the Bonaparte’s Gull winters near people, but breeds in the isolated taiga and boreal forest. The Bonaparte’s Gull is the only gull that regularly nests in trees. The English name of the Bonaparte’s Gull honors Charles Lucien Bonaparte, who …

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Portuguese man o’ war along Cameron Coast

Anyone unfamiliar with the biology of the venomous Portuguese man-of-war would likely mistake it for a jellyfish. Not only is it not a jellyfish, it’s not even an “it,” but a “they.” The Portuguese man-of-war is a siphonophore, an animal made up of a colony of organisms working together. The …

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Pink Dolphin?

Received This Video today from my co-worker, he caught a shot of this rare Dolphin on his iPhone in the Ship channel by the ferry. First spotted in 2007 in the Calcasieu River (map) by charter boat captain Erik Rue, Pinky is likely an albino, says Greg Barsh, a scientist …

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Dead Dolphin Mile Marker 24 Hwy. 82 Cameron

How many dolphins, and what kinds, are in the Gulf of Mexico? There are nine different species of dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico as well as Bryde’s whales, which is a baleen whale, sperm whales, killer whales and several other kinds of smaller toothed whales. The bottlenose dolphin is …

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No Shortage Of Ibis In Johnson Bayou

Are These Glossy or White Faced Ibis? The oldest recorded Glossy Ibis was at least 21 years old, and lived in Virginia between 1971 and 1992. Even With The Fire Burning In The Background these Glossy Ibis and Boat Tailed Grackles Have No Problem Feeding In The Marsh on Smith …

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Surfing The Cameron Coast

Surfing is a surface water sport in which the wave rider, referred to as a surfer, rides on the forward or deep face of a moving wave, which is usually carrying the surfer towards the shore. Waves suitable for surfing are primarily found in the ocean, but can also be …

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White-tailed Kite’s Spotted 1/2 mile east of Holly Beach in Cameron on Highway 82

As recently as the 1940s, this graceful hawk was considered rare and endangered in North America, restricted to a few sites in California and Texas. In recent decades, it has increased greatly in numbers and spread into many new areas. It is often seen hovering on rapidly beating wings over …

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White-tailed Kite Spotted On Holly Beach Road

I was so excited to see these kites on Holly beach Rd in Cameron. There were two flying together. My iPhone does not take good pictures, sorry for the poor quality. I am pretty sure they are  White-tailed Kite’s. A medium-sized raptor of open grasslands and savannas, the White-tailed Kite …

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Whats up bro, its not just a sport dude, its a lifestyle, and its freaking amazing!

Surfing Holly Beach Rd…… SW Louisiana Surfer, Someone who lives for the search of finding new and exotic waves to surf. They love to ride waves, and they love to just be in the water either with great friends or by themselves, whether its 2 feet or 20 Feet, this …

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American White Pelicans On SW Louisiana Gulf Coast

Though American White Pelians breed at fewer than 60 colonies in total, their large size and propensity to travel large distances, even when breeding, make finding them fairly straightforward. Finding them depends on where you are and what time of the year it is, so check a range map to …

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Female Boat Tailed Grackle & Baby spiders take to the skies

Boat-tailed Grackles are large, lanky songbirds with rounded crowns, long legs, and fairly long, pointed bills. Males have very long tails that make up almost half their body length and that they typically hold folded in a V-shape, like the keel of a boat.  Males are glossy black all over. …

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Purple Gallinule in Johnson Bayou

A beautifully colored bird of southern and tropical wetlands, the Purple Gallinule can be see walking on top of floating vegetation or clambering through dense shrubs off Berwick road in Johnson Bayou. Its extremely long toes help it walk on lily pads without sinking. Adult Description Swims on surface of …

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The nutria is a large rodent that looks like a large rat or a beaver.

A very large rodent that looks like a beaver with a rat-like tail is destroying coastal Louisiana, chomping its way through the state’s wetland vegetation and removing the plants and grasses that are critical to preventing these marshes from turning into open water. The nutria, a web-footed animal with shaggy, …

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Roseate Spoonbill’s love Johnson Bayou

With rosy pink wings, an orange tail, and a naked, blotchy, scaly grayish-green head, the Roseate Spoonbill is at once beautiful and bizarre. The species is currently very widespread and numerous in the Neotropics, extending its range south to Argentina. Audubon’s climate model predicts an unstable future for this species in …

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Northern Harriers

Northern Harriers all over the telephone poles along highway 82 in Cameron. Northern Harriers are the most owl-like of hawks (though they’re not related to owls). They rely on hearing as well as vision to capture prey. The disk-shaped face looks and functions much like an owl’s, with stiff facial …

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Great Blue Heron’s in Love in Johnson Bayou

Whether poised at a river bend or cruising the coastline with slow, deep wingbeats, the Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight. This stately heron with its subtle blue-gray plumage often stands motionless as it scans for prey or wades belly deep with long, deliberate steps. They may move slowly, …

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Turkey at work

This one likes to greet me in the morning at work. The Wild Turkey and the Muscovy Duck are the only two domesticated birds native to the New World. In the early 1500s, European explorers brought home Wild Turkeys from Mexico, where native people had domesticated the birds centuries earlier. …

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Praying mantids

About the Praying Mantis The praying mantis is named for its prominent front legs, which are bent and held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer. The larger group of these insects is more properly called the praying mantids. Mantis refers to the genus mantis, to which …

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Share A S’more With Your Neighbor!

Though the exact origin of s’mores is unknown, the Girl Scouts of the USA is credited with the first publication of the recipe! In 1927, Troop leader Loretta Scott Crew wrote a recipe for “Some Mores,” and published it in Tramping and Trailing With the Girl Scouts, an official Girl …

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