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Spotted this Sharp-shinned Hawk in our front yard on Christmas Day around 3:45 pm. 1/1000 sec at f/8.0, 400 mm Canon EOS 7D
The first afternoon in South Texas we went to the World Birding Center in South Padre. We spotted this bird, which I thought was a Great Egret (immature, because of it’s bill), but once it started hunting I knew it was the Reddish Egret (White morphs). Up until now I didn’t know that there was a “white morph” Reddish Egret.
It was east of Ferris, Texas, that we were able to photography a Burrowing Owl, he/she is about 10 inches tall and weighs about 6 ounces. This little guy would allow us photographers to get really close, but he would and could fly, we watched for several hours on Saturday and took Morgan back on Sunday. It was a thrill to watch this little guy.
Always carry your camera and this is why. I spotted this Red-Shouldered Hawk from across the freeway. I almost went on home, because I was thinking that the hawk would fly away before I got over there. But, I decided to go for it. The hawk allowed me to take several shots before lift off. This made my day.
ISO 400 390mm f/5.6 1/1250 sec
Drove down to Glenrose at lunch on Sunday for our favorite Bar-B-Q, Hammond’s. Lunch was wonderful, but we were a little sad, no peanut butter pie today. Then off to Glenrose State Park to see what we could see. Driving through the park we didn’t see much wildlife action, I wondered if we were going to see anything. We decided to stop and walk around the picnic area. Patti and Morgan went one way and I headed a different direction. It did not take long before Patti yelled out Cedar Wax Wing. I headed over her direction and I spotted a Brown Creeper working its way up a tree, it is a lot of fun to watch and it is fast. We spent the next hour photographing Cedar Wax Wings, Goldfinches and a mystery bird, yet to be determined.
ISO 400 400mm f/8 1/400 sec