Winter is a great time to photograph birds as they gather into flocks and the lack of leaves makes for more unobstructed views. The following images were made in Boiling Springs State Park from January ninth through March first, 2016.
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The swift fox is small, weighing only five to seven pounds fully grown and gets it name from its ability to run up to 30 mph. There is some confusion about its relationship to the kit fox, which is slightly smaller, but is almost identical in appearance. Some mammalogists consider them to be separate species, while others consider the kit fox to be a subspecies of the swift fox. To add to the confusion, the term “kit fox” is used to describe the young of any fox species. The swift fox inhabits the Great Plains region from the Texas panhandle northward into Canada, while the kit fox, resides in the desert southwest.
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The wildflowers of western Oklahoma have been waiting four years for the drought to break and it happened this spring. They burst forth with a tremendous display of color and beauty. These photos were made between May 21st and June 27th, 2015 and are presented in chronological order.
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These shorebird photos were made between April 17th and May 12th, 2015 at Fort Supply Lake, Oklahoma. None of them stay at the lake for long, but stop for a few days to rest and re-fuel before continuing northward to their nesting grounds.
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The 2014 white-tail rut didn’t seem to have as many bucks with impressive racks as in the last couple of years, possibly because of the drought this area has experienced the last few years. These photos were captured between November 15th and December 2nd, 2014, in Boiling Springs State Park, Oklahoma.
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Photos made between June 21 and September 13, 2014 on Cooper Wildlife Management Area. The Hal and Fern Cooper Wildlife Management Area covers 16,080 acres in Woodward and Harper Counties. It is comprised primarily of upland mixed-grass and sagebrush prairie with 4,500 acres of river-bottom. The area is managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and an Oklahoma hunting license, fishing license or wildlife conservation passport is required for entry.
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