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.
I have been known to criticize people when they personify wildlife. Personification of wildlife leads many not realize that wildlife is wild and should be treated as such, but I have found personification to be useful when I am trying to choose which photo to keep and show either on Facebook or print for a photo contest.
I always enjoy seeing and photographing the various titmice, I think they are cute and the move very fast. Gene, the owner of Laguna Seca Ranch, brought in the red flowers in the background and I have now forgotten their name. I do like the out of focus red and green background.
While photographing in the blinds at Laguna Seca, there were only a few mammals that came in for a drink and/or some food.
This little Desert Cottontail was very cautious as he approached the water, in fact he came and went a couple of times prior to this photo. He came in and stopped to eat some grass.
One group of birds that I never tire of are quail. I remember hearing them frequently in the summer growing up, and I enjoyed listening to these birds while at Laguna Seca Ranch recently. To me, the calls of Bobwhites just sound like summer to me. Well, maybe I just like cute short chunky birds.