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kalamurphyking

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Junio 19, 2018 08:25 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, Sunset Bay
Hidden
I would never have seen her if she hadn't moved a little bit. Excellent camouflage.

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 19, 2018 08:46 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, Sunset bay near pier
Nature Is Never Boring
Say what!? I thought aliens were supposed to be green? One of my stranger findings. New kind of fly for me. Experts said they are signal flies. Get their name from their wings which are in constant motion as though giving signals to aircraft. Lucky me to catch them in the one activity where they hold their wings still.
2nd shot was horrible but does show body shape. Id confirmed to genus here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1787510

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Junio 19, 2020 04:40 AM CDT

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Purple Flowers & Long-horned Bee
I seem to end up with at least one purple colored container plant every summer. I've noticed that everytime, I attract these long-horned bees that only like the purple flowers. This year it happened again.

Agastache 'Blue Boa' (Anise hyssop)

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Gavilán de Cooper Accipiter cooperii

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 19, 2018 08:12 AM CDT

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White rock lake, near Poppy
First Glimpse
When I looked up at the nest, I caught my first glimpse of a fuzzy white chick. The nest is so high and the sides so built up, it is hard to see anything. The chicks head is on the right and you can clearly see a blue eye between two sticks. Getting big and already has some tail & wing pin feathers.
Parent standing guard nearby in this observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/55163380
I'd been watching this nest since the male cooper's built it with the first sticks. This was taken 3 weeks earlier with mom in the nest: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/48919232

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Gavilán de Cooper Accipiter cooperii

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 19, 2018 08:10 AM CDT

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White rock lake, near Poppy
Papa Cooper's Standing Guard
When I checked on the cooper's nest I found Papa standing guard a few trees away from the nest. Totally ignoring me as I walked below.

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Junio 18, 2018 12:42 PM CDT

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Mesh Web
This is the web of the mesh web weaver spider. She is in the middle if you look close. She has made her home on my milkweed plant. Really messy web but going by all the insect bits in it, a successful one.

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Paloma Alas Blancas Zenaida asiatica

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 18, 2020 01:03 AM CDT

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This one is for the dove on the right

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Paloma Turca de Collar Streptopelia decaocto

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 18, 2020 01:03 AM CDT

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These beautiful doves don't visit my yard very often so it is always a treat when I look out and see one. The partially hidden dove on the right is a white-winged dove which is much smaller than the large cream-colored collared dove.

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Mayo 23, 2018 08:43 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, Spillway creek
First time I'd seen a musk turtle in this part of the lake

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Chorlo Tildío Charadrius vociferus

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kalamurphyking

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Mayo 28, 2019 09:04 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, walking path above the spillway connecting creek.
This was a nest I'd been watching.
Photo 1:
Twins
When baby killdeer hatch, there is a window of just a couple of hours to see them near the nest site. After that, they are gone, following their parents to a food source & don't return. I was very lucky to visit that perfect killdeer nest site during that window & see babies. The first thing I saw was a matched set of fluffy cuteness.
Photo 2:
Dad Teaches Son How To Moon A Photographer
One chick was by a parent with neither cooperating at first. A common sight for birders. There were 2 parents & 3 chicks. I don't know what happened to the 4th egg, no egg or 4th chick to be seen. One parent stayed by the nest, probably mom. So that would make this dad teaching a chick how to express displeasure to a photographer.
Photo 3:
When You Look Up Cute In The Dictionary....
Killdeer chicks are the very definition of cute. A tiny round soft fluffy body on top of impossibly long stilt legs that can't decide what color they want to be. With tiny non-functional wings and a funny broom-bristle tail. Check out the tiny toenail showing on this one. Adorable.

Photo 4:
It's A Jungle Out There
This little chick seems to be contemplating going on walkabout.
Photo 5:
Dad Watches Two Of The Kids
While mom sat with a chick under her, Dad was busy watching the other 2 chicks as they ran around exploring. This is that two hour window after the newly hatched chicks feathers have dried & before the parents lead them away from the nest to forage for food. I was lucky to have arrived within that tiny window.

Photo 6:
All Three Babies
The only reason I am keeping this shot is that it is the only one with all 3 babies. They are with Dad. When Mama stood up, baby #3 ran out from under her and over to join it's siblings with Dad. Dad has his work cut out for him because right after this shot, each baby ran off in a different direction.
Photo 7:
King Of The Hill
Nothing cuter than a tiny killdeer chick exploring the brand new world.
Photo 8:
Tiny Hiney
My last shot of the family was this little one. Cutest hiney and tiny tail around.

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Junio 18, 2018 12:40 PM CDT

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Murder On The Milkweed
There is always some drama going on on the milkweed plant. This time an assassin bug nymph murdered a helpless little Chalcid Wasp.

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Junio 18, 2018 12:40 PM CDT

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Murder On The Milkweed
There is always some drama going on on the milkweed plant. This time an assassin bug nymph murdered a helpless little Chalcid Wasp.

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Caballitos Pigmeos Género Ischnura

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 11, 2018 08:46 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, Sunset Bay
Damselflies Are Like Tiny Jewels
Damselflies are so small you never notice them unless you are looking for them. They come in lots of sparkly colors and look like tiny flying jewels.
Is this an olive form female Rambur's Forktail or female citrine?

Ray-finned Fishes

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Peces con Aletas Radiadas Clase Actinopterygii

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 11, 2019 12:00 PM CDT

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White Rock lake, lower spillway steps concrete slant
This one is for the fish

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Garza Nocturna Corona Negra Nycticorax nycticorax

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 11, 2019 12:00 PM CDT

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White Rock lake, lower spillway steps concrete slant
This one is for the night heron
One out of every 4 fishermen is successful

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Garza Blanca Ardea alba

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 11, 2019 12:00 PM CDT

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White Rock lake, lower spillway steps concrete slant
This one is for the great egret
One out of every 4 fishermen is successful

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Garza Dedos Dorados Egretta thula

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 11, 2019 12:00 PM CDT

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White Rock lake, lower spillway steps concrete slant
This one is for the snowy egret
One out of every 4 fishermen is successful

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Garza Morena Ardea herodias

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 11, 2019 12:00 PM CDT

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White rock lake, lower spillway steps concrete slant
This one is for the great blue heron
Photo 1:
Great Blue For The Win
A snowy egret, great egret and black-crowned night heron were all watching for fish to come sweeping by. Meanwhile a great blue heron was flaunting it's catch behind them. I spotted this while I was a good distance away.
Photo 2:
Very Nice Catch
That is a big meal for the heron. I'll update this when I get an id for the fish.

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Tortuga Gravada Trachemys scripta

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kalamurphyking

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Mayo 22, 2019 09:53 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, Sunset Bay
Highly cropped photo of a turtle on a log way out in the bay. Did not realize there was a yellow-bellied slider out there until much later during processing. Will delete this shot after uploading here for documentation. There are several yellow-bellied sliders in this lake at different spots. This lake seems to be a popular release your unwanted pet spot.

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Tortuga Pinta Trachemys scripta ssp. elegans

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 11, 2018 09:08 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, Reinhart branch
Photo 1:
Ready To Lay Some Eggs
I found this slider laying her eggs a short distance from a creek. I walked a circle around her so I would not disturb her.
Photo 2:
Beautiful Mama
Her pretty green eyes go well with the vegetation around her. She has released her urine on the dirt to make it nice and soft for digging.
Photo 3:
No Visible Eggs
I took a close up from behind in case there were any eggs to be seen. I don't know what stage she was at. She could still be digging, about to lay eggs, done laying and covering them up with the mud. In any case, no eggs were in sight. Turtles are known to dig several test sites before settling on one so this particular hole may end up with no eggs.

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Garza Nocturna Corona Negra Nycticorax nycticorax

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 11, 2019 11:42 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, lower spillway steps concrete slant
This one is for the heron
Fishing With A Buddy
Fishing is always much more fun when you have a friend along.

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Garza Dedos Dorados Egretta thula

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 11, 2019 11:42 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, lower spillway steps concrete slant
This one is for the egret
Fishing With A Buddy
Fishing is always much more fun when you have a friend along.

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Pato Arcoíris Aix sponsa

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 11, 2019 08:08 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, Sunset Bay
Photo 1:
Odd Wood Duck
Wood ducks look strange when they change from their pretty breeding colors into their drab summer (eclipse) colors. But this duck is stranger still. It has both male & female characteristics. Not a juvenile, they have dull olive color bills. Male traits here are that colorful bill that remains even in summer and the colorful head crest feathers. Female traits are the brown eye instead of red, the shape of the white outlining the eye and the lack of a white chin strap going up the neck. Males keep the red eyes and white chin strap even in the summer.
Photo 2:
Another View Of The Odd Wood Duck
From every angle and when I lightened up colors all the way on the desktop briefly, that eye stayed brown. Pretty cool.

Photo 3:
Comparison shot of mine that shows 1 male & 2 female wood ducks in eclipse colors. Male eyes red, female eyes brown. male no white around eye and white chin strip and colorful bill. females white around eye, no chin strap and non colorful bill.
So, is this a gynandromorph or am I missing something?

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Garza Nocturna Corona Negra Nycticorax nycticorax

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 11, 2019 11:41 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, lower spillway steps
White Water Fishing
It always amazes me how egrets and herons can fish in water like this. I've seen them snatch fish right out of the foam. This night heron is intently watching for an opportunity.

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 4, 2018 06:00 PM CDT

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Male Mesh Web Weaver
This is the male I found of the new kind of spider. He looks totally different from her but was same size. Mesh spiders get their name from their messy webs placed low consisting of a tangle of silk attached to several stems of one plant.
See female here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/54408293

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 15, 2018 03:01 PM CDT

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Female Mesh Web Weaver
This was a tiny spider on a leaf of my milkweed plant. Pretty cool once I finally got a good look. Got the id from the experts & she turned out to be a new spider for me. A few days later I found a male on another container plant. Very lucky to get both genders of a new kind of spider. Male will have a separate observation.
See male here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/54408772

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Tortuga Jicotea Pseudemys concinna

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 11, 2018 10:36 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, creek between lower spillway steps and lower spillway proper
Talk To The Foot!
Who knew River Cooters had such beautiful markings on the bottom of their feet. Not to mention the feisty attitude.

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Cardenal Rojo Cardinalis cardinalis

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 8, 2018 04:43 PM CDT

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Photo 1:
Halfway There
My pretty little juvenile cardinal. She is about halfway changed into her adult feathers and colors. Love that half crest. It will fill out and get more orange as she matures.
Photo 2:
Coming Of Age
She is starting to change more every day. Looking more like an adult female cardinal. Her color is coming in nicely and the dark is leaving her beak. Right now she is at the birdbath peering at me inside the window. Trying to decide if she should be alarmed or not.

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Chara Azul Cyanocitta cristata

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kalamurphyking

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Junio 8, 2020 06:07 AM CDT

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Portrait in Blue
One of my beautiful jays perched right outside my window so I took it's portrait.

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Azulillas de Arroyo Género Argia

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kalamurphyking

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Mayo 30, 2018 10:00 AM CDT

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White Rock Lake, Winfrey Point
Tiny Dancer
A tiny damselfly lit briefly on a spent blossom and looked up at me. After one shot it was gone. They are curious creatures.

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