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The Belted Kingfisher is one of the few bird species in which the female is more brightly colored than the male.

Abundant around the Johnson Bayou area! About every 4th telephone pole along highway 82 from mile marker 1 to mile marker 15. Belted Kingfishers are common and widespread, but from 1966–2014 their populations declined by an estimated 1.6% per year according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey, resulting in …

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The American Coot

The oldest known American Coot lived to be at least 22 years 4 months old. The waterborne American Coot is one good reminder that not everything that floats is a duck. A close look at a coot—that small head, those scrawny legs—reveals a different kind of bird entirely. Their dark …

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Always something to see on Deep Bayou rd.

The oldest recorded Black-necked Stilt was at least 12 years, 5 months old. it was banded in Venezuela and found in the Lesser Antilles. Black-necked Stilts wade in shallow waters to capture their meals of aquatic invertebrates and fish. They often consume such fare as crawfish, brine flies, brine shrimp, …

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The Loggerhead Shrike

The longest-lived Loggerhead Shrike on record—a male—was at least 11 years, 9 months old when it was caught and released in 2010 by researchers in California. The Loggerhead Shrike is a songbird with a raptor’s habits. A denizen of grasslands and other open habitats throughout much of North America, this …

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Osprey

The oldest known Osprey was at least 25 years, 2 months old, and lived in Virginia. It was banded in 1973, and found in 1998. Unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into water to catch them, Ospreys are common sights soaring …

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American Avocet’s return to SW Louisiana Cameron Beaches

Last year they hung around mile marker 21 – 26 on highway 82 in Cameron for several months by the hundreds! The oldest recorded American Avocet was over 15 years old, when it was found in California, where it had been banded a decade and a half earlier. In response …

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Female Boat-Tailed Grackle Hitching a Ride!

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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A Forgotten Paradise!

The wildlife, the fishing, the duck hunting and the people!  A sportsman paradise! Come and see for yourself ! A short ride from the Texas/Louisiana border east of the beautiful Sabine pass! Plenty of good food, gas/diesel at Bayaks or Bayou Store at mile marker 12ish or mile marker 20ish …

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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?

First spotted in 2007 in the Calcasieu River by charter boat captain Erik Rue, Pinky is likely an albino, says Greg Barsh, a scientist who studies the genetics of color variation at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Alabama. Two telltale signs of albinism are Pinky’s reddish eyes and blood …

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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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