Ann and I decided that another nice day deserved to be spent birding. We spent a couple of hours at Middle Concho and Spring Creek parks, then we got a call on our cell phone from Suzanne Johnson down at Eldorado. A Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula), had been spotted at the water treatment ponds. So we left immediately to get down there. We saw it and I got a nice photo of it. It was lifer number 239 for me.
Canon EOS 7D with Canon 500mm f4 IS lens and 1.4 tele-converter. Exposure 1/1600 sec. @ f8, -0.3EV, ISO 400. Partial metering and aperture priority. Captured from our car, using a Puffin Pad window support. Distance to subject was about 100 yards.
Total of 40 bird species spotted:
- American Coot
- Northern Mockingbird
- Great Blue Heron
- Pied-billed Grebe
- Golden-fronted Woodpecker
- Cinnamon Teal
- Northern Shoveler
- Great Egret
- Green-winged Teal
- Wilson’s Snipe
- Great-tailed Grackle
- Red-tailed Hawk
- European Starling
- Western Meadowlark
- Double-crested Cormorants
- Yellow-rumped Warbler
- House Finch
- Savannah Sparrow
- Eastern Bluebird
- Vermilion Flycatcher
- Ring-billed Gull
- American Coot
- Wild Turkey
- White-winged Dove
- Northern Flicker
- Red-winged Blackbird
- American Goldfinch
- Lesser Scaup
- Eared Grebe
- Northern Pintail
- Horned Grebe
- Ruddy Duck
- Common Goldeneye
- Ringed-neck Duck
- Lark Bunting
- Egyptian Goose
- Eurasian Collared Dove
Congrats on adding to the life list, Bob! Wonderful photo, too!
Thanks, Tracy. I certainly appreciate your compliments. 🙂
Yeah for a lifer! I’ve passively added a few lifers this year and it is always so exciting to me!
With all the wildlife that you get around your place, you should really pile up a list. Yeah, it is exciting. When those people called and told us about this Goldeneye, we were at the park. We just turned around and headed down there, 40 miles away. We were really excited to get to see it. But we got home a bit later, and our dog barked at us when we walked, like she was saying “Just where the hell have you guys been?” She pouted for hours.
Bob, Thank you for the notice about the Common Goldeneye. I went to Eldorado today and found the Common Goldeneye. I enjoyed the Egyptian Geese, too!
Those two geese, I think they run the place. They are always around there. He is the mayor and she is his capable assistant. 🙂
Glad you saw the Common Goldeneye. Happy New Year!!
Thanks for the comment.
Beautiful image of the common goldeneye, indeed one of the more common waterfowl in my part of the world during the summer (of course). Glancing through your list I see many birds who could carry messages between us spring and fall. A pair of northern shovellers raised a brood this past spring on a wetland near my school. I tried to sneak up on them every day during my lunch walk, but always failed – they are just way to wary. Green-winged teals and mallards also considered that fen, but whether it was because of the proximity to industrial activity on the other side of the ravine, my persistent visits or a territorial tiff won by the shovellers, they eventually moved on and left the reserved shovellers alone. Wilson’s snipe, red-tailed hawk, yellow-rumped warbler, northern flicker, red-winged blackbird and the killdeer – all travel your way with my parents (who actually go further south to Mexico) in the fall, while I’m stuck up here with the ravens and chickadees. 🙂
Hi Cindy, thanks for the great comment. I agree with you about the Northern Shovelers and their friends, who can fly off at the drop of a feather. I missed a shot of a Green-winged Teal for that reason yesterday. Yes, we get alot of your birds because we on the migratory route. Then it turns around and you get alot or our birds. 🙂
Happy New Year to you and yours. 🙂
I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award. You can read all about it on my blog for today. Looking forward to your photos and thoughts in 2012.
Thanks, Pat. Gosh I think this is the fifth time I have been nominated for this. Thank you very much. I am glad you like my images so much. Happy New Year to you and yours. 🙂
Congratulations, Bob! One question for this “birding newbie”, what is a lifer?
Okay, birders keep lists of the birds they have seen and identified over their lifetime. I had never seen a Common Goldeneye before, so it was a “lifer” for me and I added it to my list. According to the Stokes Field Guide to Birds of North America, there are 854 species, in North America. So I am at only 239, so there is a long way to go, and of course, I will never even come close. But if I I could reach 300 in my lifetime, I would be happy. 🙂
Thank you, Bob. You learn something new every day!! 🙂
Okay, now go start your list. 🙂
Happy New Year!!
Big congrats on another lifer Bob!
Thanks, Mia. It’s alway nice to hear from you. 🙂
One thing I have learned through you is that ‘bird’ is not just a noun, but a verb – ie. ‘birding’ – I love this! I have also learned that I need to learn how to take better photos!
A bird is a noun. If you are looking for birds, which is called birding, then it is a verb. Hang in there, you will do OK. It takes practice. 🙂
Beautiful photo and congratulations on adding another lifer.
Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. 🙂
Congrats on adding another species!
Thanks a bunch, Kerry.
Fantastic image Bob and congrats on number 239!!!
Thanks, David. I really appreciate your kind words. 🙂
Great photo of golden eye, and congrats on your new lifer.
Thanks, Pat. I appreciate it.
What a surprising opportunity, beautiful indeed. This is a very nice shot, Bob. Loved it. 🙂
Thank you very much, Nandini. I am glad you liked it. 🙂
The clarity of this photo is truly amazing. Great Shot…
Thanks, Syl. Like I told H.J., it helps to have great lenses. 🙂
Sounds like a brilliant day’s birdwatching! Lovely photo of the Goldeneye, too.
Thanks, Jo, it was another fun day. 🙂
Good shot! Considering the distance from subject. Congrats! 🙂
Thanks, H.J. I owe it all to my great Canon equipment. 🙂
Congratulations on seeing this bird, another lifer for you.
Thanks, Bruce. It’s always fun to add another one.