I took my biogeography class to the Louisiana Purchase State Park in the Little Cypress Creek Swamp. Just as I was telling the class to be on the look out for the Prothonotary Warbler because this was prime habitat for them, I heard this fellow sing out. However, the wind was blowing so hard I felt I had little chance of actually spotting this guy, let alone get some good pics, but here he is in all his glory. What a beautiful bird. The Prothonotary Warblers are only one of two warblers that nest in cavities and are named after the Roman Catholic prothonotaries (clerks) who all wore bright yellow robes.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
My wife spotted and photographed these black-necked stilts while on a field trip to the Texas coast. While these birds may be a common salt- and fresh- water resident in Texas, they were a treat for us to see. One interesting fact about these birds is their leg length to body length ratio, which is only surpassed by the flamingo.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
While on a field trip with my biogeography class this pair of tufted titmice came crashing down to the ground close to where my students were standing. It didn't take long to convince my students that the pair were not injured (as they first suspected), but merely doing what birds do this time of year.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Here are a few more pic from the Little Rock Zoo. Some of the birds I recognized and some I did not. There were not many signs up identifying the animals; that was one of the things I emailed the zoo about in their comment section online, along with a compliment on their many improvements to the park.