Wildlife

Killdeer , A shorebird you can see without going to the beach.

The Killdeer’s broken-wing act leads predators away from a nest, but doesn’t keep cows or horses from stepping on eggs. To guard against large hoofed animals, the Killdeer uses a quite different display, fluffing itself up, displaying its tail over its head, and running at the beast to attempt to …

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One Of My Favorite Falcons The Crested Cara Cara!

The oldest recorded Crested Cara Cara was at least 21 years, 9 months old when it was identified by its band in 2015 in Florida. It was first banded in the same state in 1994. I live in a wildlife Paradise and want to share what I see, 99% of …

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Injured Red Tailed Hawk

I found, what i think is a red tailed hawk, on the side of the road. It was just sitting there with its head tracking, from trauma. It let me walk right up and pick it up, pretty sure it was hit by an automobile. I knew it was going …

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What ? kind of Hawk is this

There are two main groups of hawks: accipiters and buteos. Accipiters are the forest-dwelling hawks. North American species include the northern goshawk, Cooper’s hawk, and sharp-shinned hawk. They are characterized by distinctive flight silhouettes—relatively short, rounded wings and a long rudder like tail. Their flight pattern consists of several rapid …

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Climate Endangered…American Avocet…Recurvirostra Americana

The American Avocet once again are gathering all along the Cameron Coast! Around lake shores and tidal flats, especially in the wide-open spaces of the west, flocks of elegant American Avocet wade in the shallows. They often feed while leaning forward, with the tips of their bills in the water …

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I’m Not a Decoy!

This is a breeding lesser Scaup Male. The oldest recorded Lesser Scaup was a male at least 18 years old. Lesser Scaup is the most abundant diving duck in North America, with a global breeding population estimated at 3.8 million. Lesser Scaup chicks don’t waste any time. As soon as …

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They’re just Egrets,don’t panic! They like Cattle…. They got your back…

The oldest Cattle Egret on record was at least 17 years old when it was captured and released in Pennsylvania in 1979. It had been banded in Maryland in 1962. The short, thick-necked Cattle Egret spends most of its time in fields rather than streams. It forages at the feet …

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When Does The Buffet Open?

Black Vultures waiting to get a bite out of this Louisiana road kill Feral hog. The oldest Black Vulture on record was at least 25 years, 6 months old and they may live even longer in captivity. The oldest known feral sow, which was documented to still be capable of …

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Killdeer, give them a BRAKE!

Saved another one…Please slow down on highway 82, it is migration season and theses Birds don’t have a chance against trucks headed for the gas plants doing 85 MPH! The speed limit is 55MPH! GIVE THEM A BRAKE! The oldest recorded Killdeer was at least 10 years, 11 months old …

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Wood Ducks? Butt Up With That.

I think they are Wood Ducks. What do you think? The oldest recorded Wood Duck was a male and at least 22 years, 6 months old. He had been banded in Oregon and was found in California. Look for Wood Ducks around the edges of swamps, sluggish streams, overgrown beaver …

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Male Hooded Warbler

Look who showed up in my yard today! The oldest recorded Hooded Warbler was a male, and at least 8 years, 1 month old when he was recaptured and re released during banding operations in Louisiana in 2004. Considered vulnerable because it is often parasitized by cowbirds, especially where forest …

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What triggers migration?

The mechanisms initiating migratory behavior vary and are not always completely understood. Migration can be triggered by a combination of changes in day length, lower temperatures, changes in food supplies, and genetic predisposition. For centuries, people who have kept cage birds have noticed that the migratory species go through a …

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Migrating ducks On The Cameron Coast

The Mississippi Flyway is a bird migration route that generally follows the Mississippi River in the United States and the Mackenzie River in Canada. The main endpoints of the flyway include central Canada and the region surrounding the Gulf of Mexico. The migration route tends to narrow considerably in the …

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The prehistoric relatives of this Megafish inhabited many parts of the world, but today gars live only in North and Central America.

Shorebirds were all over this Gar, they took off before I could get my Camera to work. Of the seven known gar species, the alligator is the largest, reaching up to ten feet (three meters) long and tipping the scales at up to 300 pounds (140 kilograms). These menacing-looking behemoths …

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