Porcupines in trees, Peregrine Falcons aloft

A little excitement for Ann and I.  First we came across a Porcupine in a mesquite tree.  It was a little sleepy-eyed.  I worked around it for about half an hour trying to find a point whereas I could focus through the tree branches.  There was pretty dense brush.  I picked a spot where I could see a little between some branches, and where I wouldn’t have to be bothered with a pesky Diamondback Rattlesnake crawling on my feet.  I tried hand-holding my 100-400mm lens but then opted to just set up my 500mm on a tripod.  The first picture is the one I got this morning, looking at it head-on.  The second photo is one I shot about one year ago.  A much easier photograph to get.



 After spending time there, we loaded up and headed around near the boat ramp to check on the Roseate Spoonbills.  All three of them are still hanging around.  While there, we spotted a Peregrine Falcon, and possibly another.  It was racing all over the lake, from one end to the other, harrassing other birds, and hunting.  At one point, an American Kestrel took after it and we had a little “dogfight” until one or both gave up and they broke it off.

On the way out of the park we saw this beautiful Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.  Click on any photo to see an enlargement.  Enjoy.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher