Birding Tour Report August 14

We had another fun group today.  The weather of course, was quite warm again, but didn’t deter too many people.  We had a total of 8 participtants, and a good time was had by all.  We started at the lake shore watching various shorebirds, Snowy Egret, Long-billed Dowitcher, Snowy Plover, Black-necked Stilts, possibly a Solitary Sandpiper, and various other species that we couldn’t identify because of the distance invoived.  Most of the birds that we did see, we observed through spotting scopes.

From there we proceded to the bird blind where we saw some of the regular visitors to the feed and water there.  Included were a Bullocks Oriole, Curve-billed Thrasher, Yellow-billed Cuckkoo, Roadrunner, Canyon Towhee, Black-tufted Titmous, Black-throated Hummingbird, and several House Finches.  In all, Ann, who was keeping “score”, said that we saw 27 species.  Not bad, considering the high temperatures.

I forgot to mention that en route from the lake shore to the bird blind we saw several Scissor-tailed Flycatchers that were apparently molting because they were missing their long tail feathers.  We also saw a Golden-fronted Woodpecker.

Joining us and having a good time were a couple of visitors to the city, Dwynne and Donnette LaFleur, from Louisiana.  They are very impressed with the city of San Angelo, and hope to be returning again soon.

The first of a couple of photos that I obtained at the bird blind, is a Curve-billed Thrasher.  Exposure data, was 1/400 sec at f16, ISO 3200, using my Canon 7d with 100-400mm lens.

Curve-villed Thrasher

This second image is again a photo of a Gulf Fritillary butterfly.  I love to photograph those little guys.  Again, my Canon 7d camera, with the 100-400mm lens.  1/250 sec, f16, ISO 400, EV+2/3, on-camera flash.  I am still working on my technique for photographing these specimens.  I am not quite happy with my method yet.   Both image were taken hand-held.

Gulf Fritillary

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