Return from Big Bend Country


I’m Baaaacck!!!  We got in Friday afternoon about 3:30PM. We went to pick up Suzie, our little Shih-Tzu, from the dog sitter, then started un-loading and un-packing.  By the time we were finished, it was time just to relax and put off anything else until this morning.

Mountain Bluebonnets in Big Bend National Park

We had a wonderful time.  The temperatures in the area of Big Bend National Park were around 80 for highs with cool nights in the 40s.  In the next few days I will publish a few of the photographs that I created while there.  Primarily, I was in the bird photographing mode.  The migration was only beginning so we didn’t see as many birds as we had hoped.  But, I photographed birds that I hadn’t captured before, and we added several new birds to our 2012 list.

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher photographed at Rio Grande Village Campground, Big Bend National Park

As I said before, the migration wasn’t yet in full swing, but in the few days we were there we managed to see forty-five different species in the area.  Here is a full list that Ann compiled.

  1. Chihuahuan Raven   2
  2. Cactus Wren   3
  3. Lark Bunting   200+
  4. Loggerhead Shrike   2
  5. Black-throated Sparrow   18
  6. Northern Mockingbird   6
  7. House Finch   20
  8. Pyrrhuloxia   4
  9. Killdeer   1
  10. Western Meadowlark   6
  11. Eastern Phoebe   1
  12. Golden-fronted Woodpecker   2
  13. Sage Thrasher   4
  14. White-crowned Sparrow
  15. White-winged Dove   6
  16. Canyon Towhee   2
  17. House Sparrow   18
  18. Brown-headed Cowbird   10
  19. Brewer’s Blackbird   1
  20. Curve-billed Thrasher   3
  21. Gambel’s Quail   10
  22. Greater Roadrunner   2
  23. Northern Cardinal   6
  24. Great Blue Heron   1
  25. Pied-billed Grebe   2
  26. Verdin   1
  27. American Robin   1
  28. Chipping Sparrow   4
  29. Vesper Sparrow   6
  30. Say’s Phoebe   1
  31. Yellow-rumped Warbler   1
  32. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher   1
  33. Eurasian Colored Dove
  34. Spotted Towhee   2
  35. Brown Thrasher   1
  36. Hermit Thrush   2
  37. Scaled Quail   4
  38. Green-tailed Towhee   1
  39. Orange-crowned Warbler   1
  40. MacGillivray’s Warbler   1
  41. Phainopepla   1
  42. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  43. Turkey Vulture   2
  44. Savannah Sparrow   6
  45. Red-tailed Hawk   3

Mountain Bluebonnets:  Canon EOS 7D with 100-400mm lens. 1/500 sec. @ f9, -0.3EV, ISO 125

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher:  Canon EOS 7D with 500mm f4 lens and 1.4 tele-converter.  1/1000 sec. @ f11, -0.3EV, ISO 1000.

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39 thoughts on “Return from Big Bend Country

    • Those flowers were in the desert at an altitude of about 4000 feet I would say. However, they were the only things blooming. Sorry about your snow, Jane. But spring is on the way. :-

  1. Welcome back, Bob! Glad you and Ann had a good time! Those Bluebonnets are so pretty – color would be a welcome sight back here – everything has been brown for a while now…..

    Looks like you had some good sightings while you were there – can’t wait to see more!! 🙂

    • You make a very compelling case. Indeed it may be a Black-tailed. The blue shading may be a trick of the light as it was in heavily shaded area. My other shots of it are not enough to be convincing. However, one of them does show a black streak over one eye and another one shows possibly a black cap.
      I will send you some by direct e-mail.
      Thanks, Linda

  2. Bob, I suspect that gnatcatcher is a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher. See how far the black color goes onto the rum? Do you have any photos of the underside of the tail of the same bird?

  3. Love that lil Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher guy… so cute! Great photographs as always, Bob! Glad you are back and that your trip was lovely. I can’t wait to see all your photographs… even if you say you didn’t capture that many. I have only ever captured one bird in my days so far and you are a great inspiration. I cannot believe you spotted that many different species of birds. So cool! Thanks for another great post! 🙂

  4. Welcome back, Bob! The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is very pretty but today I am partial to the vibrancy of the Mountain Bluebonnets ~ beautiful!

  5. So great that you are back. Good to see you. 🙂 I really liked the Bluebonnets. They are so blue! 🙂

    And the bird stands so smooth in front of the textured tree. Great photo, Bob! 🙂

  6. Glad you’re back, Bob! 🙂 That’s a stunning pic of the Bluebonnets, and lovely soft lighting on the Gnatcatcher. Looking forward to seeing more of your images.

    • Thanks, Sheila. Glad I was missed. Unfortunately, I didn’t photograph all the bird that I saw. But I hope you will enjoy the ones that I did get. Thanks for missing me. 🙂

  7. Welcome home..we were -7 degrees in Colorado..love the new photos..can’t wait to see what you shot..You really saw lots of birds on your trip..we did see a Redtail Hawk today on his “I spy Tree” where he sits to survey the country side. Have a great evening..

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