Crested Caracaras Mating

A crested caracara bird has an eventful afternoon.  It starts off with a lonely, yet firm stance on a gravel patch along the Laguna Madre bay area.  I slowly walk closer to the bird and it stays in place, posing very still for a crisp photograph.  I slowly leave and then a neighborhood cat comes around to investigate this brazen bird.  The bird moves just a little to face toward the feline, ready to strike and reverse any plans the cat may have.  A male caracara swoops in to send the cat running, and lands next to the stoic female.  Even though they look identical, sexing them becomes extremely obvious, even from a distance.

Infrequently Answered Questions: Trail Cam Browning Strike Force Sub Micro 10MP BTC-5HD

There are a few questions that I still have about not only trail and game cams in general, but specifically the one I decided to purchase.  The Browning Trail Camera Sub-Micro Strike Force 10MP BTC-5HD.  I’ll eventually figure out most of the answers and will post updates.  Following below are what must apparently be some Infrequently Answered Questions.


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Spring Leaves on Arkansas Trees

The oak trees have burst out with a fresh set of pale leaves that are quickly turning dark green, as they continue to grow.  The forest is filling in with the deciduous trees blooming and merging with the evergreens.  Both types of trees, and wildflowers too, have been pollinating and the air is still filled with fine yellow-green dust.  It’s a busy time of year with a rapidly changing environment.

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Yellow Rumped Warbler

This little bird, a yellow rumped warbler, made these cedar tree berries seem like a pretty big meal.  I was a little surprised that it was able to swallow the berries.  It did seem to take it’s time, especially compared to the waxwing birds that were also feeding. Continue reading Yellow Rumped Warbler

Cedar Waxwings Eating Cedar Tree Berries

Right around Thanksgiving, a large group of Cedar Waxwings, and a few other birds, decided the berries on this tree were ripe and ready.  There were plenty of berries to go around, but not enough space for all the birds at once.  They would take turns visiting the cedar tree for a meal, with the bulk of the flock waiting in a nearby oak tree.

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Landscapes and Seascapes of Big Sur California

(A work in progress) Here are some of my favorite Photo Galleries and Video Clips taken during my stay in Big Sur California.

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Monarchs and Crow

Here’s a gallery of images from a monarch habitat in Santa Cruz.  Located within a small forest of eucalyptus trees, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this city park is a treasure for the butterflies and their admirers.  Also in this gallery, is a rare event of crows having a feast on the lofty suntanning insects.

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Predators usually leave the monarch off their menu.  Because of the insect’s diet on milkweed, which is toxic to birds, it gets an edge on survival and is typically left alone.  But for some reason, not on this day.  Either this group of crow has not had the pleasure of getting sick from eating monarchs, or these monarchs didn’t get enough milkweed in their early stages of life.