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.
This one is for my Texas Master Naturalist friends. Even though dragonflies are beautiful, I haven’t spent much time trying to photograph them. There are quite a few different species. Many of them, like this Roseate Skimmer, are very colorful. I think this one is male. This was one of the first times that I ever spent any time trying to photograph a dragonfly.
As I saw this composition in the viewfinder, it reminded me of a person wearing sunglasses attempting to look cool.
This is a Seaside Dragonlet that I photographed at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge about a week or so ago.
I know that many people that enjoy birds have a love hate relationship with squirrels. Overall squirrels are clever creatures that are very good problem solvers such that they get to eat more bird seed than people like.
I have personally watched them get around some of the most difficult contraptions that were intended to prevent them from getting the bird seed.
Black-crested Titmouse are cute little birds and they seem to be spunky. This little bird showed up late on my last day of shooting and for variety, we changed up the set ups and moved the flowers closer to the perch for a different look. I like the look and feel that the Bee Balm gives the overall feeling of this capture.
Here’s another dragonfly, I am thinking that the “faces” of dragonflies have an interesting look, like a motorcyclist wearing a helmet.
This is a Needham’s Skimmer and I photographed it at the boardwalk at the Sea Center, in Lake Jackson.
Here’s a nice small dove, I really like the subtle coloring and the scale-like feathers. I wish this species was more common in my yard!
I like the flying Northern Mockingbird with a bit of suet in his beak. For me, I truly enjoy seeing captures of birds and other animals in motion allows me to see details that I would not otherwise be able to see.
Before I captured this image I knew that dragonflies were extremely effective predators, but I did not know that they would kill and eat other dragonflies. I found this female Eastern Pondhawk eating a Seaside Dragonlet at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge.