Monthly Archives: July 2014

White-faced Ibis – Kansas

The Great Bend area of central Kansas is a wonderful place to go to see an abundance of white-faced ibis on their northward migration.     On my visits during late-April to early-May (2013 and 2014), I saw plenty of these birds, and often at close ranges.     Many of these birds were foraging... Continue reading »
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Some Interesting Birds – Alabama

While none of these bird observations are completely unexpected for this area at this time of the year (29-30 June 2014 for the Eufaula, Alabama area), they are mildly interesting to me. These sightings include: 1) a glossy ibis; 2) an American coot; 3) a golden eagle; 4) an American goldfinch; and, 5) a pied-billed... Continue reading »
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The Wonders of Photography

Have you tried watching, and identifying, dragonflies buzzing around your favorite local wetland? I found it to be quite a challenge to try to spot a dragonfly, locate it in my binoculars, focus, and then follow it as it darted here and there.  If you’ve ever seen the original version of the movie “The In-laws”... Continue reading »
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What Do Ibis Eat?

Based on accounts reported by Bent (1926:23-57), the foods of glossy ibis, white ibis, and white-faced ibis apparently can be grouped into two broad categories.  Grasshoppers, cutworms, and possibly earthworms comprise one group and are probably secured in grassland or prairie habitats.  The other group includes crayfish, tadpoles, small fish, and small snakes which are... Continue reading »
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White Light

In my era, night fighting was based on turning night into day using either mortar illumination (hopefully) or searchlight illumination (hopefully not).     The TV-like box mounted above the gun tube on these old tanks were searchlights.  When they worked properly (sometimes) we could certainly light up the neighborhood.     Incidentally there was... Continue reading »
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Kansas Wetlands Education Center – IV

On one of my recent visits (late-April to early-May 2014), the shallow edges of the east pool were being swarmed by a small army of elementary students wearing their regulation black rubber boots.     I didn’t watch too closely, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the short boots were filled with water... Continue reading »
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Small Alluvial Delta – Maine

Sand from the nearby soils has been eroded into the channel and has been carried by this small stream where it was deposited at this location (Kennebunk Plains WMA, York Co., Maine).     Based on the topography and vegetation present, this location is where the “fast” waters of the shallow stream meet the “still”... Continue reading »
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Watermarks on Willow Trees

Watermarks on trees and other objects are considered to be field indicators of potential wetland hydrology, even if the water is not present when one observes the watermarks.     In this case the watermarks (i.e., the dark staining on the lower portions of these willow trees) can be related to previous observations of long-term... Continue reading »
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Gourmet Buffet

While watching two adults and one juvenile white ibis foraging in a local herbaceous wetland (29 June 2014), I had a chance to observe the items on the brunch menu.     One of the adults encountered an underwater item that appeared to startle the bird such that it partially opened its wings, ruffled its... Continue reading »
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Soviet Armored Vehicles

I took these photos during a recent visit to the military museum at Camp Shelby, Mississippi (1 June 2014).  Having been a tanker with the Big Red One (US Army !st Infantry Division) at Fort Riley, Kansas, during the mid-1970s, I was used to thinking of these vehicles as potential opponents.     Two of... Continue reading »
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