Ann had a bunch of housework to do this morning. I told her, “Hey, you don’t get to have all the fun, if you get to do housework, I get to go out to San Angelo State Park. 🙂 (Please donate to my medical bills after Ann reads this.)
And so, I set off to try to get some pictures for today’s post. I like the solitude at the park some days, when it is just me, my camera, and the prospect of finding a nice wildlife photo.
I stopped at the bird blind first to check out what may be hanging around. Not much action there, but I heard the gobbles of some Wild Turkey near by. From the blind I could glimpse them, but they were obscured in my vision by trees, feeders, etc. I decided to grab my Canon with the 100-400mm lens and leave the blind to stalk them. I managed to keep them in sight as I scurried from tree to tree, trying to avoid being seen by them. I was also wary of the possibility of rattlesnakes in the area. But I ended up safe and sound, and with some nice photos, including the one above of one of the Wild Turkeys displaying his show-off plumage.
After that I hopped into the car for a little drive around the park. San Angelo State Park is a great place for birding and photographing from the car. On week days such as this there are few people around, and I can go as slow as I want and drive where I want. In the middle of the road, wrong lane or on the shoulder, or drive backwards. 🙂
I was on one of these empty roads when I spotted this tiny bird in the distance in the top of a tree. It was so far, that I couldn’t make a definite ID, but there was something about it that was unfamiliar. I used my 500mm lens with the 1.4 tele-converter, attached to my Canon 7D. The image was grossly underexposed, probably due to the meter mis-reading such a tiny subject with a bright background. But because of the miracle of Photoshop, I was able to correct the exposure after I got home. It turned out to be a Black-throated Sparrow. Not a rare bird, but very hard to find around here.
Continuing on, I came across another Scissor-tailed Flycatcher that I thought would make a nice image. He was moving around a lot as they are want to do, when trying to catch real or imaginative gnats or insects. He finally settled and I was able to get the picture you see above.
I saw many more bird species, but wasn’t sucessful in getting any usable images. Most of the time I just got quick glimpses or they were flying to far away. But, click on any ot these images to see an enlargement.
Note: It may be Wednesday before I have another post. I will be at the hospital tomorrow with Ann as she has cataract surgery on her left eye. As I said earlier in this post, I will be lucky if I don’t end up as a patient there, after Ann reads the opening sentences of this post. 🙂