Killdeer Hiding from a Hawk
Killdeer have to avoid predators from above; falcons and hawks. They use their color to hide from these larger birds. Can you find the lone killdeer in the photo? Go to the XL size photo and you might be able to see the bird. Can't find it? Go to the next image.
The Hawk Looking for Prey
Krider's Red-tailed Hawk photographed in the Katy prairie
This is what camo on birds and insects is all about. If your small and in the open and this guy sees you, he'll have you for lunch.
Camouflaged Marbled Godwit
A camouflaged Marbled Godwit seems to blend in the brush pile as it forages.
This camouflaged dowitcher was difficult to see at first.
This scaled dove blends naturally with the dirt it is foraging on.
Photo by David Billingsley at San Bernard NWR
How many birds to you see?
Eastern Screech Owl
Eastern Screech Owl (Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park)
The Eastern Screech Owl attracts "mobs" of other small birds. In order to be able to sleep without being seen by the Chickadees and Titmouse, he finds a hole in the tree and melts into the bark and sleeps in peace.
Eastern Screech Owl in Bentsen State Park
Same tree, different day, different roost. Sleep well.
American Bittern at Brazos Bend State Park
American Bittern (Brazos Bend State Park)
American Bittern / Anahuac National Wildlife Reserve
American Pipit at Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR
American Pipit photographed on the Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR. His color and feather pattern make him almost invisible to a predator.
Watch where you step in the marsh, that log might be a 500lb aligator. Photo taken in Brazos Bend State Park.
American Alligator at Brazos Bend SP
I didn't see this gator while taking a picture of a heron in Brazos Bend SP. This photo inspired me to start this gallery.
Baby Alligator prey to birds like the Great Egret
Small Alligator (Brazos Bend State Park)
The Great Blue Heron is probably large enough to eat this small gator but the green leaves blends him into the marsh.
Black and White Warbler at Quintana Bird Sancturary
Black & White Warbler
Butterfly in Bear Creek Park
This butterfly was trying to hide from us as we walked by. It was hanging from this hackberry tree bark blending in with the grey tone.
Cottonmouth Water Moccasin
This Cottonmouth Water Moccasin was lying across the trail in Barker Reservois. Be careful out there!
Great-horned Owl in Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR
Owls, such as this Great-horned, will hide behind limbs and leaves during the day to keep mobbing birds from bothering them as they take a nap during the day.
American Alligator in Brazos Bend State Park
Is this guy really asleep or is this a faint?
Can you find the six Western Sandpipers?
Squirrel in a Tree in New Mexico
This squirrel is the color of the pinecones. They usually give themselves up after barking at an intruder.
Cicada on a tree limb.
That's a big bug.
White-tailed deer in Brazos Bend State Park