Honeycomb…

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I don’t know what to make of these honeycombs out in the open. I suppose they were made by bees, but I thought there should have been some kind of structure surrounding them. There was no evidence on the ground below of anything having fallen down. Maybe one of you onlookers can shed some light on it.

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Male half of the Cardinal family…

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Such a good lookin guy. It’s nice that they stick around for the winter.

Barred Owl (Strix varia)…

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This owl goes by many names such as Eight Hooter, Rain Owl, Wood Owl, and Striped Owl, but is most commonly known as the Hoot Owl. Who could not love a face like this?

Aerie…

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This eagle’s nest (aerie) is about 60 feet up in a tall tree. The nest is huge, at least 4 feet in diameter. In order to get an angle which allowed me to see the eaglet pop his head up I had to get about 200 yards away. The photo is extremely zoomed in so is not really sharp. This nest is on the Arkansas River near Tulsa.

Update: This is not really a young eagle, but actually one of the parents probably tending an egg. Here is a video which shows the same nest with the mom and dad changing places.

Stuff of legends…

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The Perkins building in Coffeyville, KS, dating to 1871, is most famous for the events that took place on October 5, 1892. On that day the members of the notorious Dalton gang decided to try to outdo the Jesse James gang by staging a broad daylight robbery of two banks simultaneously. The Condon bank was in this building and the First National was next door. Since they were known in town, the Daltons wore fake beards. Unfortunately for them, they were still recognized and some of the citizens and lawmen were arming themselves while the robbery was in progress. The resulting prolonged gun battle left four gang members dead as well as several townspeople shot. You can read their story here and even see a photo of the bodies. Several movies have been made about the Daltons.

House Finch…

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He loves sunflower seeds. The industrial strength beak is perfect for cracking seeds. His girlfriend is behind, being shy.

Drip…

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If you zero in on a melting icicle and examine the droplet closely, you may find another world where everything is upside down. I’ve been wanting to get a shot of this lensing effect for quite a while. I’ll try it again this spring when there are some nice flowers or something.

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