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Boiling Springs Birds In Winter

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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Red-shouldered Hawk Pair
Red-shouldered Hawk Pair
Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

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White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker
Male Downy Woodpecker
Male Downy Woodpecker
Female Downy Woodpecker
Female Downy Woodpecker
Male Northern Cardinal
Male Northern Cardinal

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Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal

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Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee

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Barred Owl
Barred Owl

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Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker
Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker
Male Pileated Woodpecker
Male Pileated Woodpecker
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

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Female Yellow-rumped Warbler
Female Yellow-rumped Warbler

Birds And Butterflies

Birds and butterflies photographed from March through mid September 2015, in Oklahoma and presented in chronological order.

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Male Northern Cardinal, Selman Ranch, Harper County
Male Northern Cardinal, Selman Ranch, Harper County
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker, Selman Ranch
Male Red-bellied Woodpecker, Selman Ranch
Osprey, Ft.Supply Lake
Osprey, Ft.Supply Lake
White-faced Ibis, Ft. Supply Lake
White-faced Ibis, Ft. Supply Lake
Male Lesser Prairie Chicken Courtship Display, Selman Ranch
Male Lesser Prairie Chicken Courtship Display, Selman Ranch
Common Tern, Ft. Supply Lake
Common Tern, Ft. Supply Lake
Common Nighthawk, Harper County
Common Nighthawk, Harper County
Yellow-headed Blackbird, Ft. Supply Lake
Male Yellow-headed Blackbird, Ft. Supply Lake
Male Northern Bob-white Quail, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Male Northern Bob-white Quail, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Wavy-leaf Thistle, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Black Swallowtail Butterfly on Wavy-leaf Thistle, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Fledgeling Northern Cardinal, Ft. Supply Lake
Fledgeling Northern Cardinal, Ft. Supply Lake
Killdeer, Ft.Supply Lake
Killdeer, Ft.Supply Lake
American Kestrel Chasing Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
American Kestrel Chasing Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper Wildlife Management Area
Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Two Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Boiling Springs Stare Park
Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Two Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Boiling Springs State Park
Two Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Two Dark Morph Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Boiling Springs State Park
Monarch Butterfly on Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, Selman Ranch
Monarch Butterfly on Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, Selman Ranch

Boiling Springs Bucks: November and December 2014

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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During the rut, bucks will often stick out their tongue to aid their sense of smell.
During the rut, bucks will often stick out their tongue to aid their sense of smell.

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The frost hadn't yet melted in the shady foreground area, resulting in a different color from he sunny background.
The frost hadn’t yet melted in the shady foreground area, resulting in a different color from the sunny background.

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Note the mangled ear and broken antler tine on this one, no doubt resulting from a fight with a competing buck. During the rut, bucks sleep very little and expend so much energy pursuing does and fighting other bucks that they lose a considerable amount of weight.
Note the mangled ear and broken antler tine on this one, no doubt resulting from a fight with a competing buck. During the rut, bucks sleep very little and expend so much energy pursuing does and fighting other bucks that they lose a considerable amount of weight.

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Note the blood on his antler. It more than likely was deposited there from a buck which lost a battle for dominance with this guy.
Note the blood on his antler. It more than likely was deposited there from a buck which lost a battle for dominance with this guy.

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White-tails And Cottontails

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White-tailed fawns and moms and eastern cottontail rabbits photographed in Boiling Springs State Park.

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These deer photos were made from July 2nd, through July 23rd, 2014.

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Does often hide their fawns in tall grass while they are foraging. if you find a fawn like this please leave it alone, its mother is almost always nearby and it is not abandoned and in need of rescue as some people assume. This one is old enough to easily outrun a person, however.
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When white-tailed deer run, they often hold their tails high. They will also move their tails while holding them high to warn other deer of danger. This is probably the origin of the term “high-tailing it”.

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Fawn With Yearling Buck
This fawn and yearling buck are grazing in dew covered grass.

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Fawns can often be seen chasing each other or running just for the fun of it. Of course they are preparing for the day when they may need to outrun a predator.
Fawns can often be seen chasing each other or running just for the fun of it. Of course they are preparing for the day when they may need to outrun a predator.
This fawn is cleaning its tail.
This fawn is cleaning its tail.
Deer are most commonly seen in early morning and near and after sunset. All of these photos were made in early morning.
Deer are most commonly seen in early morning and near and after sunset. All of these photos were made in early morning.
This fawn was chasing its mother trying to nurse, but she kept running away.
This fawn was chasing its mother trying to nurse, but she kept running away.

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White-tailed deer both graze and browse.
White-tailed deer both graze and browse (eat leaves and fruit growing on trees and shrubs).

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The eastern cottontail is the most commonly seen rabbit in Oklahoma. The swamp rabbit can be seen in eastern Oklahoma and the desert cottontail can be seen in the panhandle.
The eastern cottontail is the most commonly seen rabbit in Oklahoma. The swamp rabbit can be seen in eastern Oklahoma and the desert cottontail can be seen in the panhandle.
More cottontails have been seen here than in the past several years, probably because the extreme drought is lessening.
More cottontails have been seen here than in the past several years, probably because the extreme drought is lessening.
This cottontail is nibbling grass among gaillardia or indian blanket, which is Oklahoma's state wildflower.
This cottontail is nibbling grass among gaillardia or indian blanket, which is Oklahoma’s state wildflower. These cottontail  photos were made June 30th and July 21st, 2014.

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Winter 2013-14 in Boiling Springs

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Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

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Autumn In Western Oklahoma

Fall scenes from Boiling Springs State Park, Fort Supply Lake area, Red Rock Canyon State Park, and Roman Nose State Park. These images were made from October 30 through November 11, 2013 and are presented in chronological order.

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Smooth sumac near Ft. Supply Lake
Smooth sumac near Ft. Supply Lake
This and the following four photos are from Boiling Springs State Park.
This and the following three photos are from Boiling Springs State Park.

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North Canadian River
North Canadian River

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This and the following five photos were made in Red Rock Canyon State Park. Part of the red sandstone canyon walls can be seen in the background of several of these photos.
This and the following five photos were made in Red Rock Canyon State Park. Part of the red sandstone canyon walls can be seen in the background of several of these photos.

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The caddo maple is native to this area and is the iconic tree of the park.
The caddo maple is native to this area and is the iconic tree of the park.
The caddo maple is spectacular in the autumn and displays various hues of yellow, orange and red.
The caddo maple is spectacular in the autumn and displays various hues of yellow, orange and red.

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Osage-orange leaves photographed in Boiling Springs State Park.
Osage-orange leaves photographed in Boiling Springs State Park.
Cottonwood and oak trees photographed near Ft. Supply Lake.
Cottonwood and oak trees photographed near Ft. Supply Lake.
The clear spring-fed waters of Bitter Creek flow through Roman Nose State Park.
The clear, spring-fed waters of Bitter Creek flow through Roman Nose State Park.
Oak leaves swirl though a stream in Boiling Springs State Park.
Oak leaves swirl though a stream in Boiling Springs State Park.

A Boiling Springs Summer

A selection of images from Boiling Springs State Park made during the summer of 2013, presented in chronological order.

Fox Squirrel
Fox Squirrel
Shaul Lake
Shaul Lake
Black-tailed Jack Rabbit
Black-tailed Jack Rabbit

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White-tailed Fawns
White-tailed Fawns
White-tailed Doe And Fawn
White-tailed Doe And Fawn
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Widow Dragonfly
Widow Skimmer Dragonfly
White-tailed Doe And Fawn
White-tailed Doe And Fawn

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White-tailed Buck With Antlers In Velvet
White-tailed Buck With Antlers In Velvet
Mother Raccoon
Mother Raccoon
Young Raccoon
Young Raccoon
White-tailed Doe And Fawn
White-tailed Doe And Fawn
White-tailed Buck In Velvet
White-tailed Buck In Velvet
Black-tailed Jack Rabbit
Black-tailed Jack Rabbit
White-tailed Fawn
White-tailed Fawn
These two white-tailed fawns are not siblings.
These two white-tailed fawns are not siblings. It is somewhat unusual to see fawns of such different sizes.

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Black-tailed Jack Rabbit
Black-tailed Jack Rabbit
White-tailed Fawn
White-tailed Fawn
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Winter 2012-13 in Boiling Springs State Park

 

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White-tailed buck photographed 12-25-12
White-tailed buck photos made 12-25-12.

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Yucca Plants
Yucca plants photographed 2-20-2013.

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Buttonbush Leaf and Seed-pod
Buttonbush leaf and seed-pod and the preceding six photos made on 2-21-2013.
This and the following photos made on 2-22-2013.
This and the following photos made on 2-22-2013.

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Autumn 2012 in Boiling Springs State Park

Eastern Cottonwood, October 15
Rio Grande Turkey, October 29 
Barred Owl, November 5
White-tailed Buck, November 6
White-tailed Buck, November 9
Rio Grande Turkey Hens, November 9
Porcupine, November 10 
Half-grown Bobcat, November 10
Half-grown Bobcat’s Mother, November 10 
White-tailed Buck, November 13 

White-tailed Buck, November 14
White-tailed Buck, November 14 
Sumac, November 14
White-tailed Buck, November 15 
White-tailed Buck, November 15 
White-tailed Buck in Fog, November 19