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
Best wishes to all.
I photography this dove this spring at the Greenery in Waxahachie, TX
Yesterday afternoon around 3:15, I noticed something sitting on the recliner in the back yard. I moved slowly and got my camera. Knowing I could not open the door, I took a few photos thru the window. I know its not the optimum way, but I could have some kind of image. This Cooper’s hawk was watching the rose bushes, and then the hawk dropped down on the ground and went under the rose bushes. Quickly I moved out the back door and waited and watched to see what would happen. The hawk was under the rose bushes for several minutes then jumped up onto the water fountain. All I could see was the hawk’s feet! Yes, I am trimming the rose bush today! At any moment the hawk would fly away. But, the hawk jumped back down and went under the roses again. Several minutes later the hawk is back out. I kept waiting for good images. The hawk then jumps up on the birdbath. Dawg! One limb between the hawk and myself, the hawk is in the shadows also. But then the hawk jumped up on the recliner where I first saw the hawk. I took several images, knowing the hawk was going to fly any minute. Well, ten minutes later, the hawk took off. I was sad to see him go, the songbirds were very happy again. Austin, my son, notice the hawk’s eyes was yellow and we have seen a Cooper’s hawk with red eyes. Yellow eyes means that the hawk was an immature Cooper’s hawk, if I have got my facts correct.
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How does a roly poly (Pill Bug) get to other side of the pond?
Hitch a ride on Western Cottonmouth of course!
ISO 400 400mm f/8.0 1/250 sec with flash (better beamer) Sept 11, 2010, Old Bison Ranch, Texas 8:27 am