Ah, the pleasure of it all. The showery, foggy, drizzly weather finally left the building for a bit yesterday. The temp reached 70 degrees, however it stayed cloudy, and that was perfect for me. The better to make photographs.
Shortly after lunch, Ann and I decided we had enough cabin fever and decided to drive to Middle Concho park and see what was hanging out around there. Here are two photos that I managed two capture. A Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) and a Great Egret (Ardea alba). Co-incidentally they were both high in a tree (separate) when I photographed them. Actually we had counted 3 egrets and about 6 herons flying up and down the river as we drove through.
I photographed these in the RAW format and post editing was in Photoshop CS5. I used my Canon 7D with 500mm lens and 1.4 converter. Tripod mounted. The cloudy skies made for excellent light, as there were no harsh shadows. Both birds were across the river, about 100 yards away and about 20 feet above the ground. Both images have been cropped.
As for our birding, we saw a total of 20 species during our two-hour stay of mostly doing photography. We were surprised to see one lone Bufflehead swimming along in the river. And of course, the place was over-run with American Coots. But as they say, ’tis the season. Here is our total list.
- Great Blue Heron
- Great Egret
- Cinnamon Teal
- American Coot
- Sharp-shinned Hawk
- Double-crested Cormorant
- Northern Shoveler
- White-winged Dove
- Black Vulture
- American Robin
- Northern Mockingbird
- House Finch
- Eastern Bluebird
- Western Meadowlark
- Yellow-rumped Warbler
- Golden-fronted Woodpecker
- American Goldfinch
Hopefully, we can make it out again before the weather changes this weekend.
Boy do I have to budget for a bigger piece of glass!
I have never regretted putting out that much money for my lenses. They have certainly paid off for me. I would recommend to anyone that wants to upgrade their equipment, buy new lens before a new camera. Thanks for commenting, David.
Terrific shots…the egret, in particular, really moves the dial for me, between the pose and the detail-free background. The heron is certainly a keeper, but the egret is a cut above even that.
Hi, Kerry. Thanks for the great compliment. I hope you will come back again. I just visited your website, and I am blown over with your beautiful landscapes. I will visit your blog next.
Never a bad day when you see/photography a Great Blue. Beautiful, Bob! And glad you got some weather. 🙂
Thanks a bunch, Katie
Wonderful photographs dear Bob. Once I had a chance for taking a heron’s pictures in Devizes, UK. But I made him to fly…. 🙂 Thank you, you are so nice for sharing all these birds world with us. With my love, nia
Thank you very much, Nia.
Lovely images Bob. I’m getting cabin fever myself and can’t wait to see if today will bring enough light to go out shooting!
Thank you, Mia. The sun is finally shining bright this morning. Good luck to both of us. 🙂
Very majestic! Here’s to sunny skies!
I’ll drink to that. 🙂
Thanks for the comment, Karen.
A great list, Bob. I need to get out and see what I can find. It is nice to even hear the common house sparrows now chirping away when I go to work.i hve seen all the birds on your list here, butin the spring, even a rare sighting of a mockingbird once. 🙂
Thanks for the great comment, Jane. I appreciate it. 🙂
Beautiful work, Bob. If The Weather Channel is to believed you all will have at least a couple of good days before it goes bad again on Sunday. You might even have a visitor on Saturday…
Thanks, Jim. Hey, visitors are always welcome. We’ll go birding rain or shine. 🙂
Boy O Boy do you live in a birding paradise!!! Super!
Yeah, it get kinda fun. 🙂 Thanks for the comment, David.
Shooting in RAW agrees with you!! These are wonderful! Cabin fever season is about to hit here, we’ve been lucky with a fairly mild season so far… but it won’t last!
We have had rain again today. Just light showers but it will be around for a few more days. Back inside again. 😦
Wow, Bob. Love these too. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thank you so much, Nandin, I appreciate it. 🙂
Great shots Mr. Bob.
I see a ton of Herons and Egrets around these parts…mostly in Spring Summer and Fall, not so many in the Winter months.
Looks like our rain has set in for a couple days, and the temps. are in the mid 40’s, so I plan on staying inside as much as I can.
Thanks, Raven, our cold rain is coming back again, too, for a few days.
Thank you, Apostol.
What can you say except breath taking..the Heron is splendid, but the Egret is magnificent…
Thank you for all of your kind words, Syl. 🙂
Thank you, Julia.