Tuesday began with overcast skies again. Temperatures were quite nice, though. With the cloudy skies I decided to get out of the house and visit the blind at San Angelo State Park. I love the lighting in these conditions; no bright sunlight or harsh shadows. Ann had to do some household chores, so I could concentrate more on my bird photography, and less on just bird watching.
When I first got there, I first saw a Spotted Towhee, (Pipilo maculatus), darting in and out of some nearby brush. Occasionally, he would flit up into a small tree.
Then there were the two Pyrrhuloxia, (Cardinalis sinuatus), a male and a female. Two very beautiful birds. One, the male, was in a bird feeder.
The female was peeking around from a small log.
I hope you enjoyed the photos. Click on any image to see a beautiful enlargement. More to come soon.
Beautiful photos indeed- I’m always impressed with your work, Bob!
Thanks, Tracy. You are too nice. 🙂
Gorgeous as usual! I have never heard of those cardinal-like birds! LOVE the one peeking!
Thanks, Sheila. The Pyrrhuloxia is a bird that is only found in southwest Texas, southern Arizona and southern New Mexico. I appreciate your compliments. 🙂
Thanks for sharing……the shot of the male Cardinal on the feeder turned out really nice and sharp. I have never seen this type of Cardinal before. It is really nice to see the different species of Cardinals from around the country.
Actually, it is a Pyrrhuloxia. But they are in the cardinal family. Thanks, for the compliments and the comment.
Great photos Bob!
Thanks a bunch, Karen, I appreciate it. 🙂
Nice images, Bob. I take it that things are being better maintained in the blind?
A little better. New windows. Feeding is usually late, so I put some out myself
The Pyrrhuloxias are amazing birds – what a massive beak! Love the female’s character in the last image. Beautiful images once again, Bob.
Thanks,Jo, you know how I appreciate your comments. 🙂
Lovely little birds! Fantastic photos, Bob!
Thank you very much, Karen. 🙂
I especially like the female Pyrrhuloxia. That’s an adorably coquettish pose you captured! 😉
Thanks, Karaen, I really appreciate your comments. 🙂
Love the spotted towhees. Sometimes they play hard-to-get!
You got that right, Cindy. Thanks for the comment. 🙂
Love those Towhees. Our won’t be arriving for several more weeks.
Thanks, Dave, for the comment. I appreciate it. 🙂
I got a question for you, Bob. Is it unusual for a female cardinal to have a white crown?
Yes, Toby, I would think it very unusual for a Northern Cardinal to have a white crown. Personally, I have never heard of that happening. But I guess it could happen to be some kind of morph or quirk.
Nice shots, Bob. By the way, how do you pronounce Pyrrhuloxia?
Okay, here goes. It is pronounced pie-roll-LOXia. That is pretty close. 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Jim.
Okay, your photos have convinced me that I really need to get a better camera. On the other hand, perhaps I should go back to the posts where you talk about the photography itself and give myself a lesson. Fantastic photos as usual!
Yes, do the second part of your comment. A better camera doesn’t necessarily do a better job. Thanks for the comment. 🙂
I’ve never seen a Towhee yet, and probably won’t see that “Cardinal on steroids” (Pyrrhuloxia) either… but I have seen a Black Capped Chickadee or two at my bird feeders these past two weeks! So cute! Hey, I’ll take what I can get, and let you bring me the rest! Lovely!
Thanks, Lynda. We don’t have the Black-capped Chickadees here very often.
As usual, great photos. I love the birds with the crests..last two shots are awesome. Who says birds don’t have character? Look forward to more posts..
Thanks, Syl. They definitely have character. 🙂
Love those Spotted Towhee shots Bob. That species has been another nemesis for me – the only time I’ve ever been close to one I was TOO close…
The Spotted Towhees are elusive. They usually stay pretty much hidden and just dart out of the brush for a tidbit, then disappear just as quick. Thanks for the comment.
I love the last two birds… That start with a P :). That male is so stunning and I love how the female was peaking out from behind a log. So cute! Great post, Bob! I look forward to the photos to come 🙂
Thanks so much, Polly. I appreciate it. 🙂
I’m envous, I would love to photograph Pyrrhuloxias, they are fascinating to me. Lovely images as always Bob!
Thanks so much, Mia. I agree they are fascinating, and I am finally learning how to spell their name. HeeHee! 🙂
Those red eyes are amazing on the Towhee! The Pyrrhuloxia is a fascinating looking bird, people pay good money to have hair like that!! 😉
Thanks for the amusing comment, Holly. 🙂