Birding at Lake Nasworthy


Our two favorite spots at Lake Nasworthy to bird and to photograph birds, are at two of the parks there, Spring Creek and Middle Concho.  This past Sunday morning Ann and I decided to take in the nice weather and visit both places.  It was enroute home from those places that we encountered the Black Vultures that I featured in yesterday’s post.

We entered Spring Creek Park first, and we didn’t see many birds early on.  However, we saw about seventy Wild Turkeys further down the road.  They were drinking from the creek, then heading back into the nearby woods.  We didn’t see any of the herons or water birds that we usually come upon, but because of the beautiful weather, there were numerous fisherman in their boats, trawling along the water.  That probably spooked the wildlife somewhat.  But that is okay, as the park is for everybody.

But we persisted, continued driving slowly through both parks.  We finally came upon an area in Middle Concho Park, where amongst the trees there was more bird activity.  I stopped the car, got my camera out and set up a tripod in a small clearing where I would have a good view of nearby trees.  I was using my Canon EOS 7D with 500mm lens with a 1.4 tele-converter giving me a working focal length of 700mm.

The trees were still pretty dense, so I could hear many birds, and see them flying between the trees, but I wasn’t very lucky at getting many photo ops.  I did finally get these two “keepers”.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker with pecan

This female Golden-fronted Woodpecker was making herself heard, then she flew up onto this dead limb, with a pecan in her mouth. Exposure 1/2500 sec. @f8 with ISO 400 and aperture priority.

Eastern Bluebird

Swinging my camera around on my Wimberley gimbal tripod head about 45 degrees, there was a flurry of activity and I spotted about a half dozen Eastern Bluebirds.  They were in a shaded area, and one of them settled on a visible branch.  Exposure was 1/1000 sec. @f8 plus 1/3 EV – ISO 400.  If I would have had the time, I probably would have opened up the lens a bit more, but with a little help in post processing I managed to get it lightened enough.

From the birding aspect, during the 2 – 3 hours we spent there we managed to see these 24 species:

So, all in all, we had a fun morning.  The weather was gorgeous, and it was wonderful just to get out and enjoy nature.  Click on either image to see an enlargement.

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20 thoughts on “Birding at Lake Nasworthy

    • Yes, I imagine it will set it down or wedge it into something, then bang away on it. Actually, I hadn’t thought about what it would do with it, but it makes sense. Thanks for commenting, Karen.

  1. Amazing photos. You’re so lucky to get to see so many species in your area…all I get on my neck of the woods are seagulls! Haha! Or maybe I just haven’t looked hard enough. Thanks for sharing these.

  2. Hey Bob – Good grief! I had a walk in our local park this morning and saw a blackbird, two pigeons, a wren, a robin and a coal tit, along with many starlings! I live in the wrong part of the world! As usual, cracking photographs!

    Cheers!

    John

    • Thanks for writing, John. Other people seem surprised at the bird numbers here, too. Maybe, I have just been taking this area for granted. But we were actually disappointed that we didn’t see more, as we usually do.

  3. I almost imagine that the lady woodpecker in the first shot looks quite pleased with herself. 😉
    You mentioned chipmunks. I love them, and I have seen them all around here, but just not in my yard! Maybe the squirrels chased them away? We have LOTS of squirrels. ~ Lynda

  4. Seventy wild turkeys! What a great place to see birds of all kinds! The Gold-fronted Woodpecker with pecan is beautiful and interesting. I love seeing how wildlife functions in their natural habitat. Yesterday i enjoyed watched a chipmunk stuff a very large leaf in his mouth and take off for his home. I guess he is lining his nest for winter.

    • I wish we had real chipmunks here. I remember them from Michigan with their little cheeks puffed out. I agree with you about seeing wildlife in their natural surroundings. Thanks for your wonderful comments, Karen. 🙂

  5. Love that image with the Woodpecker and the Pecan, Bob. And what a lot of birds to see! I love the Kingfishers and the Red Winged Blackbirds. I miss the call of those birds. It’s so wonderful. Great post, Bob!

    • I like that woodpecker shot, too. It was pretty neat to see. I have yet to get a real great shot of a kingfisher. But I am my own worst critic. Thanks so much, Katie, for your kind compliments. They mean a lot to me. 🙂

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