Lake Mineral Wells State Park

Went to Plateau area campground of this wonderful state park for a couple hours today as the temperature has continued to climb daily, reaching a high of about 76 today. The first sighting was of a Nine-banded Armadillo. I followed him around for 5 to 10 minutes taking pictures and watched him go underground into tunnels and come up a few feet away. Armadillos sound like a much bigger animal as they push their way through leaves looking for insects. Groups of American Coots were in two areas of the lake on both sides of Plateau. I saw a pair of Northern Shovelers, my first time ever. They took flight when they saw me on the shore. There is sizeable patch of reeds in a place where water sometimes comes in when the lake is high that was a hiding place for several birds. The only one I caught in photos was the Song Sparrow. While initially it had been very quiet at this campsite, as we sat quietly the birds began to gather in the trees around us, Northern Cardinals and Black Crested Titmice in particular. The Plateau Campground was essentially empty of campers, only a park host was there. Hated to have to leave.

Publicado por taogirl taogirl, 24 de janeiro de 2013, 03:56 AM

Observações

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What

Tatu-Galinha (Dasypus novemcinctus)

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Data

Janeiro 23, 2013

Fotos / Sons

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Data

Janeiro 23, 2013

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What

Tico-Tico-Musical (Melospiza melodia)

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Data

Janeiro 23, 2013

Descrição

There were several of these birds hiding in the reeds next to the lake. It was hard to get a picture as they ducked back into hiding very quickly.

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Cardeal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

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Data

Janeiro 23, 2013

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Pato-Colhereiro (Spatula clypeata)

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Data

Janeiro 23, 2013

Descrição

I don't know this bird. This pair came swimming by and then took flight when they saw me. Their unusual bills and flattish heads looked like the Shoveler but what I am assuming is the male does not look like the right coloring...

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What

Galeirão-Americano (Fulica americana)

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Data

Janeiro 23, 2013

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