What?? Not Another Birding Trip??


Okay, I confess.  My name is Bob Zeller and I am a hopeless birding addict.  I tried to stop, but the withdrawal pains are too severe.  When I see a bird that I don’t recognize, I frantically dive into my thirty-some bird guides, tearing pages to make that elusive identification.  To add to my habit, I am also fanatic about wanting to photograph every bird I see.  I wade in the muck, crawl in the weeds, get tick-bit, all so I collect those photos.

So, to satisfy our cravings (Ann is addicted, too), we invited the Johnsons from Eldorado to join us.  We wanted to see if we could see more species this day than the day before, which I believe was 40.  We again set out for Middle Concho and Spring Creek parks.  Both parks in the same area, one on one side of the river, and the other park on the other side.  So the habitats for both are quite similar.  I have a few photo highlight for you.  Click photos to see beautiful enlargements.

Portrait of a Northern Mockingbird

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Belted Kingfisher

Great Blue Heron

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Horned Grebe (photographed previous day)

Here is the total species of 42 that we spotted.

  1.  Northern Mockingbird
  2.  Great-tailed Grackle
  3.  American White Pelican
  4.  Great Egret
  5.  Great Blue Heron
  6.  Northern Shoveler
  7.  Double-crested Cormorant
  8.  Ring-billed Gull
  9.  American Goldfinch
  10.  White-crowned Sparrow
  11.  American Coots
  12.  Pied-billed Grebe
  13.  Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  14.  House Finch
  15.  Lesser Goldfinch
  16.  Gadwall
  17.  Black Vulture
  18.  Eastern Phoebe
  19.  Yellow-rumped Warbler
  20.  Black-crested Titmouse
  21.  Bufflehead
  22.  Turkey Vulture
  23.  Red-winged Blackbird
  24.  European Starling
  25.  Western Meadowlark
  26.  Northern Cardinal
  27.  Cinnamon Teal
  28.  Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  29.  Vermilion Flycatcher
  30.  Eastern Bluebird
  31. Wild Turkey
  32.  American Robin
  33.  Green-winged Teal
  34.  Common Raven
  35.  White-winged Dove
  36.  Northern Flicker
  37.  Cedar Waxwing
  38.  Common Grackle
  39.  Belted Kingfisher
  40.  Clay-colored Sparrow
  41.  Blue Jay
  42.  Northern Harrier

As you can see we did break our previous day record.  These were seen during an approximate four hour period.  Click on any image and you can see beautiful enlargements.

Click my Flickr Logo at the right side of this page to view more of my photos.

I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

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53 thoughts on “What?? Not Another Birding Trip??

  1. Pingback: Caution- Birding can be addictive…… | Texas Tweeties by Bob Zeller

  2. Great post, Bob! Really entertaining and superb photographs. Like the Great Blue Heron best! I am currently catching up with your posts from the ‘December bug’, Bob, and also working back in my old school temporarily, so time is difficult at the moment. I have hit a problem with ‘catching up’ – there are just so many posts to read from the blogs I follow – as soon as you have read a few, more than you have read come back in! So, if I have only clicked on ‘Like’ for many of your posts when they are read, it is not because they are not good enough to comment on – just that I need to catch up before commenting again!

    Cheers

    John

  3. I just found your blog and I’m glad I did. I am also trying to photograph all the birds I see, specifically in my yard. I’m not as good a photographer as you are, though, but I’m learning. Looking at superb photos like yours helps me.
    My favorite photo on your post today is the fuzzy-headed woodpecker! I like the clear sky as background–but then I also like the interesting background of the Great-Blue Heron photo.
    Good job!

    • Thanks, Kay, very much. I am glad you liked the Ladder-backed Woodpecker and all of the other images. I will also check out your blog, too, as I see that you are from Texas, too. I love photography in general, but I am into wildlife, mostly birds at the present. Grea to hear from you. 🙂

  4. Hello Bob. 🙂

    A very happy new year to you. 🙂 Well, your addiction is very beautiful and now I’ve one too, i.e., to watch every bird photo of yours, as they are the best. Thank you so much for these. I guess, birds now recognize you and, perhaps, love you.

    And, beautiful photos. I really liked the Yellow-rumped Warbler. Cheers to your bird adventures and to 2012! 🙂

    • Hello Nandini,

      That is very sweet of you to say so much about my photos. I really appreciate your wonderful comments and compliments. Happy New Year to you, too. 🙂

  5. Is it wrong to love somebody else’s addiction? I guess that makes me an enabler, but I have no guilt. I love looking at your images and I’m having fun compiling our list of ‘shared’ species. I see the bufflehead, which might be the most common duck around here aside from the ubiquitous mallard. The robin, of course, is a harbinger of spring. Cedar waxwings and belted kingfisher are rarer sights, but all the more of a thrill when spotted as you (who is addicted) well know. 🙂

    As for the images – all beautiful – I’m choosing the mockingbird as my favourite today. The light, the bare branches so nicely arranged, the clarity and that rather intense glare come together for me.

    • Hey, you can love my addiction all you want, Cindy I always like to read what you have to say about my photos. I am in agreement, I think that esthetically, my image of the Northern Mockingbird is probably my favorite. The one I had the most fun with, was the Belted Kingfisher. It always gives me a merry chase. Hard to catch, as it was very flighty and didn’t sit too long in one place. This image was one that I shot when he was further away, (sitting still), and it is cropped quite a bit. Thanks for writing. 🙂

  6. I think it is a great something to be addicted to! I can’t even begin to imagine being able to identify all the birds that you can recognize.
    Question for you too: I’ve noticed in many of your photo specs, you list a teleconverter as part of your equipment. Being on a very low budget here, do you know if adding a teleconverter would work on my Canon 55-250mm IS lens?

    • Yes, a 1.4x tele-converter would change your Canon 55-250mm lens into an approximate 70-350mm lens. A 2x converter would make into a 110-500mm lens, but your auto-focus may not work with the 2x. You could check with Canon about that,

  7. Bob, I think you should make a New Year’s resolution to embrace your addiction for 2012. Love the photos yet again. If we had those birds and that weather, we’d never get any work done! A very happy New Year to you and Ann!

    • Ah yes, that is why I never get any work done. But there’s always tomorrow, right? Thank you for all of your kind words, Jo. 🙂

      Happy New Year to you and your family. 🙂

  8. Bob you have outdone yourself today! I tried to pick a favorite, but they are all outstanding. Well, OK, I like the Kingfisher, no the Blue Heron… Oh hey, did you see the whiskers on the Mockingbird? Click away, cause we love you for it! ~ Lynda

    • Thank you so much, Syl. I’ve worked with my camera for years, but I only got interested in the birds about four years ago. I only now know what I had been missing for all those years. 🙂

  9. 30 guides!! WOW Bob… now I feel like I really “should” go buy more to add to my meager 2 book collection. I do have lots of other critter guides though. (:

    Absolutely love the Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Kingfisher and Yellow-rumped Warbler.

    Enjoying my Bob Zeller calendar a ton as I’m filling in next year’s activities!!

    • Ahem! I think I may have exaggerated there a bit, m’ lady. More like a dozen guides. I was trying to be a bit funny. Glad you liked my photos, and are using my calendar. 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Melissa. 🙂

  10. How wonderful that you love what you do! it is a rare talent. i love those little warblers. When the summer comes and my birds return, especially my little blue neon finches, I will be sending you pics!.. c

  11. Happy New Year Bob, may you have plenty of birds in 2012, lots of good light and many opportunities to photograph the birds.

    I too am a hopless bird photography addict, but I am a happy one!

    Wonderful images.

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