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Gaviota Pico Anillado Larus delawarensis

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kalamurphyking

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Noviembre 14, 2019 12:03 PM CST

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White Rock lake, upper spillway
This one is for the Ring-bills
This gull was a lifer for me and this was my first look at it. The bird on the right is a Thayer's gull which is a subspecies of the Iceland Gull. It has a solid black bill and light "frosty" look to the plumage. The gull on the left is a more common Herring Gull with a bill that has pink on it and a chunkier body. Both are young first cycle gulls. White Rock lake is known for having rare gulls show up in the winter on the spillway. For the last couple of years, one or two Thayer's have started making an appearance. The other gulls here are our regular ring-bills.
Id's confirmed by Chris Runk, the ebird reviewer for this area.

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Gaviota Plateada Larus argentatus

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kalamurphyking

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Noviembre 14, 2019 12:03 PM CST

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White Rock lake, upper spillway
This one is for the Herring gull.
This gull was a lifer for me and this was my first look at it. The bird on the right is a Thayer's gull which is a subspecies of the Iceland Gull. It has a solid black bill and light "frosty" look to the plumage. The gull on the left is a more common Herring Gull with a bill that has pink on it and a chunkier body. Both are young first cycle gulls. White Rock lake is known for having rare gulls show up in the winter on the spillway. For the last couple of years, one or two Thayer's have started making an appearance. The other gulls here are our regular ring-bills.
Id's confirmed by Chris Runk, the ebird reviewer for this area.

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Gaviota de Thayer Larus glaucoides ssp. thayeri

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kalamurphyking

Fecha

Noviembre 14, 2019 12:03 PM CST

Descripción

White Rock lake, upper spillway
This one is for the Thayer's
This gull was a lifer for me and this was my first look at it. The bird on the right is a Thayer's gull which is a subspecies of the Iceland Gull. It has a solid black bill and light "frosty" look to the plumage. The gull on the left is a more common Herring Gull with a bill that has pink on it and a chunkier body. Both are young first cycle gulls. White Rock lake is known for having rare gulls show up in the winter on the spillway. For the last couple of years, one or two Thayer's have started making an appearance. The other gulls here are our regular ring-bills.
Id's confirmed by Chris Runk, the ebird reviewer for this area.

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kalamurphyking

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Noviembre 19, 2018 10:53 AM CST

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White Rock lake, Winfrey Point
@sambiology I think you can see enough of the leaves for the id?

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Carbonero de Carolina Poecile carolinensis

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kalamurphyking

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Noviembre 19, 2018 10:53 AM CST

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White Rock lake, Winfrey Point
Nice of it to pose for me at the lake. These guys have more personality and feistiness per ounce body weight than any other bird.

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Pelícano Blanco Americano Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

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kalamurphyking

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Noviembre 19, 2019 12:08 PM CST

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Not A Flock Of Seagulls
It's a pod of pelicans. They were beautiful as they gracefully flew by me.

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Chinche Asesina del Algodoncillo Zelus longipes

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kalamurphyking

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Agosto 8, 2017 09:46 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, Sunset Bay
documentation photo
ID confirmed in bugguide here: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1612880
@tfandre

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Pato Doméstico Anas platyrhynchos var. domesticus

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kalamurphyking

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Noviembre 14, 2019 10:43 AM CST

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White Rock lake, Sunset Bay
This one is for the duck
One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others
White Rock lake gets a large population of coots in the winter. So you often get photo ops like this.
American Pekin Duck (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus)

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Focha Americana Común Fulica americana

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kalamurphyking

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Noviembre 14, 2019 10:43 AM CST

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White Rock lake, Sunset Bay
This one is for the coot
One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others
White Rock lake gets a large population of coots in the winter. So you often get photo ops like this.

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Aguililla Pecho Rojo Buteo lineatus

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kalamurphyking

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Noviembre 14, 2018 10:16 AM CST

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White Rock lake, Reinhart branch
While walking along the creek bank I spotted a familiar friend. This is the territory of a pair of hawks that nest nearby. I have watched them raise many babies over the years. It was perched in a tree across the creek from me. Can't tell if mom or dad from this side. Enjoying the sunshine on a cold morning.

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Ganso Cisne Doméstico Anser cygnoides var. domesticus

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kalamurphyking

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Noviembre 4, 2019 11:15 AM CST

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Excuse me, but does this pose make my butt look big? Yes, yes it does.

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Gaviota Pico Anillado Larus delawarensis

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kalamurphyking

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Diciembre 9, 2019 12:03 PM CST

Descripción

White Rock lake spillway
A Game Of Keep Away, Gull Style
Several first cycle ring-billed gulls were playing keep away with a leaf on the spillway. I've seen a lot of playful behavior going on when gulls gather. Love capturing little moments of their play.

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Tortuga Jicotea Pseudemys concinna

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kalamurphyking

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Octubre 30, 2018 09:06 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, Reinhart branch
Curious Little River Cooter
I was walking along the creek bank when I spotted this young river cooter. She swam closer and poked her head up to get a look at me. Right after this shot she went underwater again and swam to the opposite bank to hide under a log.

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Pato Golondrino Anas acuta

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kalamurphyking

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Noviembre 14, 2019 10:41 AM CST

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White Rock lake, Sunset Bay
Sleeping Beauty
This is what it looks like when a pintail drake closes his eye, the eyelid is white. So many times I've been looking at one and thought "Oh no, it is blind in one eye" Then realized oh yeah, that is just a closed eye.

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Ardilla Zorra Sciurus niger

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kalamurphyking

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Octubre 30, 2018 08:11 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, parking in front of sunset bay pier
Did You Forget To Feed The Squirrel?
I was about to get in my car to leave Sunset Bay when I saw this squirrel between me and my car. Who could resist that look? I left a little pile of sunflower seeds that I always have with me in my backpack. She was chowing down as I drove off.

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Pato Chalcuán Mareca americana

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kalamurphyking

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Noviembre 4, 2019 11:06 AM CST

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Looking Good
One of our handsome winter ducks. Challenging to photograph between that white forehead and the green stripe that can't be seen until the sun hits it just right. Very happy when this guy came close, then turned to catch the light.

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kalamurphyking

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Septiembre 15, 2018 04:25 PM CDT

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Teeny Tiny Fungi
A "cheeky" little mushroom.

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Garza Nocturna Corona Negra Nycticorax nycticorax

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kalamurphyking

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Octubre 28, 2019 11:47 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, lower spillway steps
This Was New
This is an immature black-crowned night heron. I have not seen this stage of plumage before. About half way thru the transition from juvenile to adult feathers. Very unusual color combination.

When it quit stretching its neck, it went back to the body shape I'm familiar with for these guys. Feathers blend in beautifully with the low light conditions of water. Looks like a pastel painting.

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Falsas Jicoteas Género Pseudemys

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kalamurphyking

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Octubre 23, 2018 10:50 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, creek between the lower spillway steps and the lower spillway proper
Unusual Turtle
White Rock lake has 2 species of cooters, river cooters and texas cooters. I often have a hard time knowing which is which and run them past a couple of turtle experts. So it is not surprising that some turtles show evidence that interbreeding may be going on. This one has characteristics of both species. It is an older male with a shell turning a reddish color with an intricate network of dark markings on the shell. This is called reticulate melanism. So interbreeding may have been going on for a long time.
Cooter hybrid (Pseudemys concinna x Pseudemys texana)
@sambiology is there a selection for this hybrid, does one need to be created?

This was run past Viviana Ricardez

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Pato Pico Anillado Aythya collaris

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kalamurphyking

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Diciembre 3, 2019 11:13 AM CST

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I love these ducks but hard to ever find one close. The male looks like the people who paint house numbers on curbs painted his bill.

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Tordo Sargento Agelaius phoeniceus

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kalamurphyking

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Diciembre 5, 2018 09:51 AM CST

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A Flock Of Red-winged Blackbirds
I was trying to focus on the ducks when a flock of male red-winged blackbirds photobombed me. My camera promptly focused on them instead. Just the one shot, they disappeared as quickly as they arrived. I didn't know what they were until I downloaded the shot.

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kalamurphyking

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Septiembre 15, 2018 04:23 PM CDT

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Tiny Ant
actually there are 2 ants of the same kind on the fungi which is a ruby bolete

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kalamurphyking

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Septiembre 15, 2018 04:23 PM CDT

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This one is for the fungi, will do another for the ant

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Águila Cabeza Blanca Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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kalamurphyking

Fecha

Diciembre 5, 2018 09:48 AM CST

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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(originally 2 eagles side by side on 2 poles, 1 flew off. This was after much careful slow approaching closer to this one)
Majestic Bald Eagle
I was able to slowly walk a bit closer to the remaining eagle and took several shots. This was the best and it is heavily cropped. I could not get closer, there was no cover & I did not want to flush it. I'd already disturbed it's mate. I backed away and was able to avoid causing it to leave its perch. A wonderful experience.

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kalamurphyking

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Octubre 23, 2018 10:48 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, concrete slant of the lower spillways steps
Out Of My Way, I've Got Places To Be!
She was below me barreling up the concrete slant as fast as she could. A turtle on a mission.

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Águila Cabeza Blanca Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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kalamurphyking

Fecha

Diciembre 5, 2018 09:39 AM CST

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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First There Were Two, Then There Was One
I don't see eagles very often so got very excited when I spotted 2 of them at a distance. I took this shot while far away just to make sure I got them both. This is a known breeding pair but very hit or miss on getting to see them.
Sure glad I took that first photo because one eagle left the scene as soon as I started walking closer. The other eagle stayed awhile. I don't know gender because when both were there, I was not at a good angle to do a size comparision.

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Pato Norteño Anas platyrhynchos

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kalamurphyking

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Noviembre 4, 2019 11:12 AM CST

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Isn't He Handsome?
Sure, mallards are common, ordinary, see them all the time. But in breeding colors, a mallard drake is very handsome, don't you think?

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Pato Cucharón Norteño Spatula clypeata

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kalamurphyking

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Diciembre 3, 2019 09:59 AM CST

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Isn't She Beautiful?
Because why should the drakes get all the love? I think she is lovely.

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kalamurphyking

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Septiembre 15, 2018 04:23 PM CDT

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Pretty Fungi
I thought this one was quite lovely sitting there in my lawn.

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Chara Azul Cyanocitta cristata

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kalamurphyking

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Octubre 18, 2018 09:09 AM CDT

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White Rock lake, Reinhart branch
Photo 1:
I Got An Acorn!
While walking along the creek banks I spotted this jay with an acorn. It seemed very proud of its prize.
Photo 2:
You Can't Have My Acorn!
The blue jay noticed me and seemed to think I was going to take it's prize away.
Photo 3:
I'll Take My Acorn Over Here
The jay flew a little way down the creek with the acorn. I followed.
Photo 4:
Are You Following Me?
Again the jay spotted me when I took this shot. Again it flew to another location with its acorn. This time it flew down into the grass. Again I followed.
Photo 5:
Why Are You Still Here?
The jay spotted me still there even after it went down to the grass. It gave me this look before it few far away out of sight, with its acorn. Someone really didn't trust me.

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