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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.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpeckers are among the largest birds in the forest - as big and black as a crow - with a black-and-white barred face and a striking triangular red crest. East Texas is at the edge of their range in the South.

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American Oystercatcher

As the name suggests, American Oystercatchers specialize in shellfish, feeding on oysters, clams, barnacles and crabs. They often shuck oysters and clams the same way we do - prying the shell open with their stout knife of a bill.

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Belted Kingfisher

The Belted Kingfisher's head looks too big for its body. Its black bill is long and thick, and its plumage a powder blue, with a white collar across its throat. Its shaggy crown blows fashionably in the wind.

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American White Pelican

Americans White Pelicans dwarf their cousin the Brown Pelican, with whom they sometimes congregate. They resemble flying boats in the air with their bulky white bodies, long orange bills and enormous wings edged above and below in black.

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Anhingas are odd looking birds - both in the water and out. Their plumage is largely black, with distinctive white streaks on the wings and back. Their long, sinewy neck ends in a tapered yellow beak that they can snake all over their bodies as they preen.

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Black Skimmer

Black Skimmers feed on small fish by flying low over the coastal shallows with the bottom of their orange-and-black bill slicing through the water. When their red and black bill strikes a fish, they snap it up.

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