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I’m a digital journalist who’s worked as a photographer, reporter, producer and editor. My interest in the natural history of my surroundings reaches back to my early days beachcombing on the Jersey coast, rowing my boat on a quiet lake in Missouri and, more recently, discovering the mountains and backwoods of Montana, where I was born.

White Ibis

White Ibises forage in groups at the water’s edge, using their long, curved bills to sift through the mud, turning up crawfish, frogs, insects and other edibles.

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White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibises have a beautiful iridescent plumage that shines bronze, red and green in bright sun. It is hard to distinguish from its cousin, the Glossy Ibis, but it is by far the more common on the Texas coast.

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Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Herons at a glance are similar to both the Great and Little Blue Heron, with long legs, a slender body and an overall blue-gray plumage. All forage for food among the shallows of wetland habitats. But the similarities end there.

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Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vultures soar on their enormous wings high above wetlands, forest and prairie, often in small groups, turning in slow circles. They feed on dead animals, often crowding around roadkill on the side of the highway.

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Willets fly about marsh prairies and rocky shorelines but are most common on Texas beaches and mudflats, foraging in the shallows of the waves' backwash and among the leavings from high tide.

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Herons are the mimes among birds. They stand immobile as statues for long stretches before taking slow, deliberate, almost theatrical steps, foraging for crabs and crawfish at the edge of ponds and streams.

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