I really enjoy watching these bold gregarious birds and they seemed to be the dominate bird at the feeders, unless a Green Jay flew in! I will admit that I had forgotten that this species ranged into south Texas, so I was kind of surprised to see it. I had seen this species in Big Bend and in Arizona and probably California.
I have mixed feelings about photographing bathing birds, even though I’ve seen others do a lot of it. Even when the photos turn out to be interesting, they still look strange to me. I try to get something a little different when I photograph a bathing bird, but most of them have the same look to me. I do like the apparent motion of the wing in this photo so I kept it and shared it with you.
I’m back to editing the photos I took while at Laguna Seca Ranch. I have alway thought of this bird as the pretty cardinal-like bird that I mispronounce the name. One of the more simple portraits that I captured while I was in Edinburgh.
Some refer to this bird as the Desert Cardinal.
I was fairly busy this year during the peak of migration and I missed an unusual rare bird in Galveston County. I did try one two occasions to see the MacGillivray’s Warbler as it would have been a life bird that I had missed on other occasions when I lived in the western US.
I took a trip into WestTexas this year and spent a couple of days at South Llano River State Park and I not only saw a MacGillivray’s Warbler, but a photo as well!
I enjoy visiting the Smith Oaks Sanctuary and early in the breeding season. The courtship behavior is fun to watch and the birds are really decked out in all of their finery. He was showing off to another snowy egret.
If you go to the rookery early in the morning you have the sun rising behind behind the birds, gives you a challenge in exposure, but if you get the exposure correct, you get a striking photo!
Early one morning at Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary I sound this Snowy Egret actively feeding and I spent a long time slowly sliding in the mud and water to capture this photo. I used my D300S with a 500mm lens and I was using a skimmer pod with a Wimberly Gimbal head.
This is another image from one of the many trips I made to Smith Oaks Sanctuary in High Island from earlier this year. I like to watch the area near the rising sun to attempt to use the sun to add a bit of drama.
As I was watching the Great Egrets I noticed that one flew into the area near the …
This photo was from my first trip to the Texas Photo Ranch. Very nice scene that was the start to a great day.
I took many photos, but this is the only one with the cow’s tail being flipped around and I think that adds a nice touch to the photo.
Certain groups of birds seem to have more attitude than other. This is definitely true for Long-billed Thrashers, they appear to be bold boisterous birds that are dominate around food. I really like how this one is looking at me since I was staring at him. This photo was captured at Laguna…
A lot of people hate Bronzed Cowbirds, as they are well-known brood parasites and lay their eggs in the nests of songbirds. They don’t take care of their young, and their chicks will actually push out their nest mates so that the young cowbird gets all of the food. Ensuring the next generation of cowbirds and not allowing for the next generation of small song birds.