Texas Wild IN the San Marcos River

Jessie and I were able to spend the weekend exploring and filming wildlife in the San Marcos River. For me it was a reminder of the spring-fed rivers of Florida and of many snorkeling trips with my father. For Jessie, it was a new experience that she mastered quickly. You will see San Marcos and some of its inhabitants including turtles and plenty of fish in this short video. Filmed on a GoPro 3 and a water-proof Olympus point and shoot camera.

A common face in the household: jumping spider close-up.

This little Salticid (jumping spider) was found on the front step of the porch. We filmed the little cutie on Canon 5D Mark III with a 65mm 1-5x Canon macro.

Epic Prairie Dog Battle

Texas Wild: Longear Sunfish

These longear sunfish were filmed in Alum Creek in Bastrop County.  In this video you can see many beds (their nests) which are made by males and the males tend and guard the beds from would-be egg predators.  In some of the video you can see a female enter the nest of a more-colorful male and initiate courtship.  Look also at males in the background making beds by use of their tails.  You can see the clouds of sediment this clears from the beds.  These beautiful fish can be found through much of the state in ponds, streams and lakes and feed on terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and small fish.  The video was captured on a GoPro 3.

Strecker’s chorus frogs calling

Video

These stout and rather toad-like Strecker’s chorus frogs were found chorusing in a roadside ditch in Bastrop State Park. To our knowledge, these are the first of this species identified within the park. These good looking frogs make a repeated single-note call that is quite loud. Their calls remind me of spring peepers to some degree. This video was filmed using Canon 5D MKIII and XA10. Light was provided by LED light panels.

Climbing Corpses: Change in the Lost Pines (recovery following Bastrop fire)

Video

This 5-minute film will take you through the catastrophic Bastrop wildfire and the early stages of recovery of this one-of-a-kind loblolly pine forest. Featured in this video is the rare and endangered Houston toad and a lot of scenery and macro videography. This one is narrated!!!

Strecker’s chorus frog: a new species to Bastrop State Park

This, to the best of our knowledge, is the first time Strecker's chorus frogs have been documented within the boundaries of Bastrop State Park.  And these little guys aren't quiet.  Jessie and I found them by their single, clear and loud notes.  These handsome frogs are much stouter-bodied then other species I have seen.

This, to the best of our knowledge, is the first time Strecker’s chorus frogs have been documented within the boundaries of Bastrop State Park. And these little guys aren’t quiet. Jessie and I found them by their single, clear and loud notes. These handsome frogs are much stouter-bodied then other species I have seen.