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Month: May 2017

Blackland Prairie Raptor Center in Lucas

I’m often discovering wonderful places so close to home when I’m out with my camera, and the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center is another one of those wonderful places you should add to your list of places you need to visit! Zach, my 4th grader, came home from school one day last week talking all about the “cool birds” he got to see at school that day.  He mentioned several kinds of raptors – falcons, hawks, and owls.  He was so excited about it. Once I received some pictures of the birds from his teacher, I knew this was a place...

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Cattle Egrets in Allen? What?

Cattle Egrets in Allen?  That seems crazy!  The other day, I was walking around this beautiful little neighborhood lake, trying to get some pictures of a Great Egret and some wood ducks swimming and hunting in this local pond.  I noticed some strange sounds coming from across the pond every now and then – it sounded like an owl and a bobcat having a fight. I was very curious, but there was not a bridge to cross over to the other side.  After hearing the sounds several times, I hopped in my car, and quickly wound my way through...

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Chasing Red-tailed Hawks & Private Property

Hawks!  And Private Property signs.  Just what is the rule for chasing after hawks when their nest is in a tree that is on someone’s private property?  Is there a rule?  Am I breaking whatever rules are in existence for this situation?  I’m not sure, but I think it’s time I found out.  Recently, on one of my adventures out in Lucas, I spotted a hawk gracefully flying through the air.  I followed him into a neighborhood called Travis Ranch.  It is one of those beautiful neighborhoods in Lucas where the houses are spread far apart and their yards...

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