Michael's Rediscovery of Nature

Ramblings and observations of a former biologist and a lifelong naturalist, who has recently returned to his roots in east Texas. After a many years of working from coast to coast in an industry far removed from biology, it has been a pleasant change of geography, activity, and attitude. No stressful job decked out in a three piece suit. No city living. Instead there is a rediscovery of the woods, of something scurrying through the leaves, of the clear notes of a bird call, and of reliving the joy that I had when nature was a playground and a classroom.

Rainy Winter Day But the Birds Didn't Care

The weatherman was wrong again. It was supposed to be over 70 degrees and lots of sunshine for at least most of the day. Well, the sun was out for a bit but then the clouds blew in. We didn't get anywhere near 70 degrees. Luckily the birds didn't care.  

Kristi Thomas and I, accompanied by fellow naturalist, Mickie Moore, and nine other who were mostly members of the Tyler Audubon Group, hit Lake O' the Pines on a pontoon boat. While these birding trips are always geared towards finding as many species of birds as we can, some of us were more interested in the Bald Eagle's nest and what was going on there. Of course, all the other birding was always fun and this was an exceptional day. Not only did we see over 30 species, it seemed that many didn't mind posing for us. 

Here are some of the photographs that I took today. 


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Bald Eagle


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Bonaparte's Gull

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Common Loon


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Golden Eye Ducks


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Great Blue Heron


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Herring Gull


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White Pelicans


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Ring Billed Gull


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Song Sparrow


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White Pelican fly by. . . 

OH, by the way. One of the Bald Eagles was sitting in the nest. They have built it up so high, he/she was hard to see.  Take a look:

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See the head sticking up  near the center of the nest?  Oh, boy! 

Have fun.


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