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Domestic Goat Capra hircus

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jaysinagra

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October 14, 2019 11:16 PM CDT

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Life

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jaysinagra

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October 14, 2019 11:17 PM CDT

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White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

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tmurr1225

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October 13, 2019 09:38 AM CDT

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White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus

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luisave

Date

October 12, 2019 09:36 AM CDT

Description

Con su respectiva presa entre sus garras.

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Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus

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saraines

Date

September 10, 2019 06:19 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

The wild green parrots are so cute. I love seeing them around.

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Brahminy Blindsnake Indotyphlops braminus

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saundersdrukker

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November 25, 2017 03:02 AM CST

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Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus

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sandboa

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February 17, 2013 12:06 PM CST

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Coyote Canis latrans

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susanrosine

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December 20, 2016 03:46 PM MST

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Baja California Rock Squirrel Otospermophilus atricapillus

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arquimedes

Date

November 23, 2014 03:29 PM PST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Ardillón de roca de Baja California, Camara trampa del Comité de Vigilancia Ambiental del ejido "El Costeño". B.C.

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Common Green Darner Anax junius

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tgbirdnerd

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September 30, 2019 10:27 AM CDT

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Spotted Orbweaver Neoscona crucifera

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kaf213

Date

September 22, 2019

Description

This spider was killed by a wasp (see pics 2,3 & 4). Before that, it was about 8 feet above ground, apparently beginning to spin a web.

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Umbrellaworts Genus Mirabilis

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gwaithir

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September 23, 2019 09:40 AM CDT

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Jaguarundi Herpailurus yagouaroundi

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yamaneko

Date

January 28, 2015

Description

Hermoso ejemplar macho de Jaguarundi registrado a traves de fototrampeo dentro del Programa de Conservacion y Monitoreo del Jaguar y sus presas en la RB La Encrucijada

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ernest5h

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September 21, 2019 08:45 AM CDT

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Male and female mating on plum tree.

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Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla

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pablo48

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June 15, 2019 05:47 PM UTC

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Honey Mesquite Prosopis glandulosa

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gcwarbler

Date

September 18, 2019 10:56 AM CDT

Description

This Refuge champion Mesquite tree has seen better days. It has lost about 1/2 of it's canopy in the past year or two. Compare with these images from 11 years ago:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1930508

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Honey Mesquite Prosopis glandulosa

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gcwarbler

Date

June 11, 2008

Description

This is the Refuge champion mesquite tree near the HQ complex. I had just interviewed a long-time resident of the area who brought us pictures of this same tree taken 50 years earlier...and the tree looked as big back then as now. The dbh is on the order of 40" (see image of the trunk with my 6" binocs). It is likely to be on the order of 150 to 200 yrs old.

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Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

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anmgo

Date

May 6, 2011 05:51 PM CDT

Description

I put up a shelf hoping for someone to nest. This is what I got. It was a wonderful opportunity to photograph over time.

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Blanchard's Cricket Frog Acris blanchardi

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cwd912nb

Date

September 17, 2019 04:36 PM CDT

Description

One or more of these frogs hang out in my wife's herb garden which provides cover, moisture, and a plentiful supply of insects for the frog(s) to eat. Also hanging around in the same small garden is a larger Southern leopard frog. More often than not, the frogs disappear quickly when I try to photograph them, but in this case the frog remained still while chomping down on a fly.

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Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

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luisave

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September 13, 2019 01:07 PM CDT

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Al parecer, se escuchaban los pichones. No permanecí mucho tiempo en el lugar para no estresar la situación. ¡Momento mágico!

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Rio Grande Cooter Pseudemys gorzugi

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texasturtles

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November 11, 2018 12:22 AM CST

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Asters and Allies Tribe Astereae

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connlindajo

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September 8, 2019 04:36 PM CDT

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Bobcat Lynx rufus

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gaudettelaura

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August 5, 2019 04:20 PM EDT

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Texas Spiny Lizard Sceloporus olivaceus

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dhend9

Date

September 14, 2019 11:42 AM CDT

Description

I observed this Texas Spiny Lizard capture, with amazing speed, a Green June Beetle. This was a mature, adult lizard, about nine inches long. It took the lizard about ten gulps before it could swallow that wide beetle but the lizard looked pretty satisfied at the end.

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American Bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus

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anna22

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September 14, 2019 09:09 AM CDT

Description

hundreds of bull frogs on the edge of the pond

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Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia

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jalinage00

Date

November 7, 2015

Description

Chipe Manglero
Instagram: jalinage00

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White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

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ptexis

Date

July 31, 2016 08:20 PM CDT

Description

Game camera image. When the antlers are in velvet, the bucks "box" in dominance encounters rather than risk injury to their tender antlers.

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Plains Leopard Frog Lithobates blairi

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txjewelwing

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September 7, 2019 01:18 PM CDT

Description

@Clark Gardens

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juancruzado

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March 14, 2013

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Slowinski's Cornsnake Pantherophis slowinskii

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paul_crump

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April 2, 2009

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Claw-tipped Bluet Enallagma semicirculare

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bcfl14

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August 30, 2019 01:57 PM CDT

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

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haczech

Date

August 16, 2013 11:31 AM CDT

Description

Shedding

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Orange Shadowdragon Neurocordulia xanthosoma

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tdavenport

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June 15, 2019 11:55 AM CDT

Description

San Antonio Mission River Stretch, Acequia Park, Bexar County Texas

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Needham's Skimmer Libellula needhami

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jblinde

Date

September 2, 2019 11:57 AM CDT

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Silver Garden Orbweaver Argiope argentata

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andreagyanez

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July 13, 2019 09:03 AM CDT

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Capps' Petrophila Petrophila cappsi

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kimberlietx

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September 9, 2017 09:58 PM CDT

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Catchfly Prairie Gentian Eustoma exaltatum

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jesusnc25

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August 15, 2019 01:24 PM CDT

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Mountain Lion Puma concolor

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agnishino

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March 22, 2019

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Desert Whitetail Plathemis subornata

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mayela_rodriguez

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July 4, 2019 12:59 PM CDT

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Brown Jay Psilorhinus morio

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panza_rayada

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August 12, 2019 08:46 AM CDT

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Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus

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ospr3y

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January 1, 2019 01:58 PM CST

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Green Heron Butorides virescens

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pattypasztor

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August 6, 2019 12:13 PM CDT

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I noticed this Green Heron sitting on a nest in a tree near the path. Not wanting to disturb it, I walked by slowly and took some quick photos from the trail and moved on.
I assumed the parent was sitting on an egg. What a surprise when I looked at my pics closely a few days later!

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Bokiboky Mungotictis decemlineata

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carmelo_lopez

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November 3, 2017 08:01 AM HST

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Texas Alligator Lizard Gerrhonotus infernalis

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October 20, 2018 05:53 PM CDT

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Anhinga Anhinga anhinga

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uflgator

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September 10, 2018 10:59 PM EDT

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Hunting underwater. Seems to have been molting at the time.

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Flag-tailed Spinyleg Dromogomphus spoliatus

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tdavenport

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July 18, 2015 11:24 AM CDT

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NABA, National Butterfly Center, Mission, Hidalgo County Texas

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Rainbow Grasshopper Dactylotum bicolor

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stevecollins

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October 12, 2009 01:41 PM EDT

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A Pictured (or Rainbow) Grasshopper (Dactylotum bicolor), like these, is depicted on the cover of the grasshopper guide. No question why.

Guadalupe Mountains NP, TX

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Jaguarundi Herpailurus yagouaroundi

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yosoypin

Date

October 17, 2015

Description

Puma Yaguaroundi (o Jaguaroundi), también conocido como onza o leoncillo ¿le conoces otro nombre?.
Es la especie bandera de esta Área Natural Protegida.
La especie se encuentra en un estado de protección especial.

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Metallic Pennant Idiataphe cubensis

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tdavenport

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July 26, 2017 07:57 AM CDT

Description

Choke Canyon Reservoir, Spring Holding Pond, McMullen County Texas

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Horse Lubber Grasshopper Taeniopoda eques

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martinmiranda

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July 28, 2019 03:50 PM UTC

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Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata

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July 31, 2018 12:35 PM UTC

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tadamcochran

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August 15, 2019 09:58 AM CDT

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Black-tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus

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lonnyholmes

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July 26, 2019 06:37 AM PDT

Description

Very large!

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Collared Peccary Pecari tajacu

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tdavenport

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June 2, 2013 07:11 AM CDT

Description

Dining on Curcurbita foetidissima (Texas Stink Gourd) beside Hwy 118, Davis Mountains near Macdonald Observatory, Jeff Davis County Texas

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Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri

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nanorca13

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August 14, 2019 02:33 PM PDT

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Slough Amberwing Perithemis domitia

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magazhu

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August 11, 2019

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Ladder-backed Woodpecker Dryobates scalaris

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kbbutler

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June 26, 2019 12:39 PM CDT

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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anmlloverme

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March 11, 2019

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Des Moines (Google, OSM)

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Trumpet Vine Moth Clydonopteron sacculana

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krancmm

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August 11, 2019 07:38 AM CDT

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Golden Flangetail Sinictinogomphus clavatus

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wkcheng71

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August 1, 2016 10:10 AM HKT

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centratex

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August 11, 2019 09:33 AM CDT

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felipe56

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August 9, 2019 02:52 PM CST

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Rainpool Spreadwing Lestes forficula

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ericisley

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September 17, 2018 10:03 AM CDT

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Cream-tipped Swampdamsel Leptobasis melinogaster

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beschwar

Date

August 3, 2019 09:54 AM CDT

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Lifer!

About a dozen were seen (~3-4 females and 8+ males) in the same area, flying fast and feeding like Rambur's Forktails do, but males would also fly quickly up into the trees and brush. Tracking them was visually difficult. Females and males spent most of the time about 1-2 feet off the ground, darting or moving steadily around through tall sedges and thorny brush.Females perched more frequently than males.

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Bobcat Lynx rufus

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September 12, 2018 07:44 PM PDT

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Mt. Shasta Forest, McCloud 96057'

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Dark-bordered Granite Digrammia neptaria

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stubirdnb

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August 6, 2015 09:56 PM ADT

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attracted to light

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Orange Shadowdragon Neurocordulia xanthosoma

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upupamartin

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June 13, 2019 04:18 PM CDT

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Pale-bordered Field Cockroach Pseudomops septentrionalis

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aztekium_tutor

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March 25, 2019 11:21 AM CST

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Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia

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tdavenport

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April 25, 2017 04:23 PM CDT

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Big Springs Ranch, Real County Texas

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Cream-tipped Swampdamsel Leptobasis melinogaster

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adrianj

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August 3, 2019 01:23 PM CDT

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Polar Bear Ursus maritimus

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drleonard

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July 9, 2019 09:35 AM EDT

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(Somewhere...)

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Mother and 1yo cub.

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Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus

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mwbirdco

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January 5, 2019 11:28 AM MST

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Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii

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stevedudrow

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August 1, 2019 07:34 AM PDT

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Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos

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tdavenport

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August 6, 2012 11:50 AM CDT

Description

Denali Wilderness, Denali National Park, Alaska

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Rio Grande Leopard Frog Lithobates berlandieri

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rsalinas2370

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July 31, 2019 08:43 AM CDT

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Giant Prairie Robber Fly Microstylum morosum

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jwn

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July 24, 2019 09:36 AM CDT

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American Beaver Castor canadensis

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March 20, 2018 03:19 PM EDT

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Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix

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garyowendick

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January 11, 2019 09:58 AM UTC

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A mess of both.

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Arabesque Orbweaver Neoscona arabesca

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ellen5

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July 20, 2019

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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Mexican Fritillary Euptoieta hegesia

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tdavenport

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July 28, 2019 05:13 PM CDT

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Cook's Slough Nature Park, Uvalde County Texas

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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rejeanlemay

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March 9, 2019 03:17 PM EST

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Bald Eagle - Deadly Catch

Please note this is about a single event highlighting the behavior of bald eagles and that this series of photos includes a mallard duck preyed upon by one of the bald eagle which was also joined by juveniles in the sequence.

Make no mistake, this photo essay is the result of what ended up being a five-day time commitment, a stakeout of sort, dedicated to capturing a wild bald eagle catching and eating another bird. Here, I will not dwell on the details of the several misses in attention span on my part, camera misfires and related frustrations thereof, but rather go to detailing the wild action I witnessed and finally successfully photographed, yesterday. However, before going any further, I would like to point out that I take no joy in seeing the killing of any wildlife even when carried out by the forces of nature. Here, a wild bird was unceremoniously killed and consumed by another one higher up in the food chain. This may be troubling to some. However, let’s not forget that most humans do the same to birds that were kept in confined spaces until they are slaughtered, cooked and placed on dining plates. At least the prey in this photo album lived a free life until it met with its destiny.

This particular story began with a five-hour long anticipated arrival of no one but two mature bald eagles in a tree located a fair distance from a flock of mallard ducks gathered in partially ice-free water. The distance separating the ducks from the raptors was great enough to not cause concern to the potential preys. After more than 30 min, one of the bald eagles took to flight but to my disappointment flew away from my location and that of the mallards.

Several minutes later, however, a chaotic and noisy flock of ducks rose from the water surface and hurriedly dispersed in the distance. Most ducks were alerted to the stealthy return of the bald eagle. I, on the other hand, was caught by surprise. In spite of the mayhem, the raptor already had its sight on one of the remaining and somewhat unsuspecting ducks still in the water.

The eagle made a swift vertically banked turn and quickly descended towards its now chosen prey.

One of the mallards, a somewhat oblivious "sitting duck", experienced the tight and possibly deadly grip of the powerful eagle’s talons as it was plucked out of the water (not shown) but was dropped after a short distance. In a futile move, the duck submerged itself while the eagle landed on adjacent ice. After a short while, the possibly injured duck emerged from the water under the watchful eyes of its predator. The duck managed to take to flight with the eagle in pursuit. Ensuing was a short race for survival, at times looking somewhat promising for the duck, but its fate had already been sealed. The eagle moved for a final mid-air catch and went for the kill after making a landing on the ice pack. The whole scene lasted about one minute but likely seemed like a lifetime to the duck.

Shortly thereafter, out of nowhere arrived a beautiful specimen of juvenile bald eagle which intended to make the kill a disputed food source. Note that bald eagles develop their full white heads and tails only after 4 years. The mature eagle picked up its well-earned kill one more time but dropped it as a result of the juvenile’s harassment. Once again, that poor little duck got its feathers ruffled big time.

After causing the mayhem, the juvenile bird flew to a distant location on the frozen lake whereas the mature bird stood near the kill but never went back to it.

Then, another juvenile made its entry and landed next to the mature eagle in a not so welcome move. The two birds finally came to rest side-by-side away from the now hopefully dead duck and remained there for a while without approaching the mallard lying motionless on the ice some distance away. It appears as though the two birds were related.

Recall there were two mature birds initially perched on a tall nearby tree. Well, the second bird finally came into the scene and went straight for the duck’s remains. The two white head eagles somewhat regrouped but only one retained access to the food.

As if the scene was not surreal enough, many of the mallards had returned to their initial location seemingly oblivious to the fate of one of their own and the drama unfolding on the ice a short distance away.

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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nanorca13

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July 28, 2019 01:04 PM PDT

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Northern Hawk Owl Surnia ulula

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cintylee

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August 23, 2018 04:42 PM CDT

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Carousing Metalmark Anteros carausius

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July 25, 2019 03:14 PM CDT

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White Spurwing Antigonus emorsa

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July 26, 2019 09:42 AM CDT

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Monarch Danaus plexippus

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paul_prior

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February 18, 2008 01:29 PM EST

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Neon Skimmer Libellula croceipennis

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July 24, 2019 12:02 PM CDT

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Prince Baskettail Epitheca princeps

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July 22, 2019 07:44 AM CDT

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Altamira Yellowthroat Geothlypis flavovelata

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July 15, 2019 12:38 PM CDT

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Totonacan Rattlesnake Crotalus totonacus

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July 15, 2019 07:09 PM CDT

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Papilio glaucus

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July 25, 2019 05:30 PM CDT

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Desert Striped Whipsnake Masticophis taeniatus ssp. taeniatus

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jmaughn

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August 7, 2012

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Nevada, US (Google, OSM)

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Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor

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lseman

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July 25, 2019 08:32 AM CDT

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Green Tree Frog Hyla cinerea

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May 2, 2017 09:28 PM CDT

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Thick-billed Parrot Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha

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agnishino

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June 13, 2019

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Thornbush Dasher Micrathyria hagenii

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jimjohnson

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July 14, 2019 12:41 PM PDT

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Giant Prairie Robber Fly Microstylum morosum

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cwd912nb

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July 21, 2019 11:46 AM CDT

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Huge, black, green-eyed robber fly that has captured a cicada. Found on the front driveway of my home. .

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Umbrella Paper Wasps Genus Polistes

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saracox

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July 22, 2019 10:00 AM HST

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Indomitable Graphic Moth Melipotis indomita

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gcwarbler

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July 22, 2019 04:22 AM CDT

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