A Better Day for Photography – And Birding

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.

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

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
  • Grackles
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • House Finch
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Bufflehead
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  • Gadwall
  • American Goldfinch

Hopefully, we can make it out again before the weather changes this weekend.

30 thoughts on “A Better Day for Photography – And Birding

    • 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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…

  5. 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.


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