A Milestone – My 600th Post

I guess it is fitting that I close out 2012 with my 600th post of this blog.  Looking back, I wonder how did I come up with something to write about that many times.  For my first post, back in 2009, I sat and thought for a long time.  How do I get my feet wet here.  But I started typing and the words and thoughts came through.  That’s been the way if has been ever since.  Sometimes, though, I get carried away and let my sense of humor show through.  I can’t say that anybody ever complained, so I guess I am doing it right.

As of this writing, I have had 91,647 hits from readers in 142 countries.  Of the top 1000 birding blogs, Texas Tweeties is number 233.  I wish I could thank all of them in their individual languages, but of course, that is not to be.  But if you can understand my English, I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.  It is you readers that continue to keep this blog going for another year.

But let’s get back to what I do best.  Make nice wildlife photos for you to see.  Today will be no different from my past posts.  These following photos were taken Saturday morning at Middle Concho and Spring Lake parks right here in San Angelo, Texas.  I hope you enjoy.

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

The trees are quite barren now, so it is a bit easier to spot the birds.  Case in point, the American Kestrel above, and the Red-tailed Hawk in the photo below.  However, there is some added difficulty is trying to focus between the branches.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

One of the Great Horned Owls was all alone during this trip to the park.  He had his eyes open and very much aware of me.

Great-horned Owl

Great-horned Owl

Finally, uncommon for this area, was this Red-breasted Merganzer cruising along the river.  The photo quality is not very great as he was near the opposite river bank and I had to heavily crop it.

Red-breasted Merganzer

Red-breasted Merganzer

Thus ends the year 2013 on this Texas Tweeties blog.  But, stay tuned, I hope to make 2013 better than ever.

42 thoughts on “A Milestone – My 600th Post

  1. Congratulations, Bob, and how did you manage to arrive at your 600th post on New Year’s Eve? Looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful photos in 2013. I love the Great Horned Owl – wish we had those here!

  2. I especially like the GHO, Bob. Big congrats on your 600th post! That’s a momentous milestone. I’m only at 317 but then I got a late start. Happy New Year! Hope you’ll join me with a toddy (though I’ll have long been in bed by midnight and cussing the fireworks…)

  3. Thanks Bob for all your posts, but promise you will get a photo of a Savannah Sparrow for me, please? We need humour in this world so keep it coming, straight or twisted. Wish you a Happy New Year with peace and prosperity. Jane 🙂

  4. great photos..lots of blogs you have shared with us..looking forward to 2013 and its new challenges in art and bird watching..love the American Kestrel..in fact all the photos are great. Happy New Year…

  5. I’m jealous of all your shots, but especially the kestrel. I’ve chased those little devils around Muskegon a half a dozen times, and I can not get close to them. I even stopped chasing them, hid out, hoping one would come to me, no luck. The one time that I was close to one, there was some sort of weird atmospheric thing going on, so the photos came out bad, even though the kestrel was posing for me less than 30 yards away. BTW, here’s to another 600 of your posts in the future, Happy New Year!

    • Thank you very much, Jerry. I photographed the American Kestrel from the safety of my car, as I do about 95% of my images. I also used my 500mm lens with a 1.4 TC attached, which helped, too. All I can say is to hang in there, and you’ll get the shot. Here’s to getting it in 2013. 🙂 and Happy New Year to you, too. Come visit me!

      • I have the Big Bend Country on my bucket list of places to visit, now I need to find the time and money to make it there. In a way, I have visited, I did a tour of the area from Google Earth, it looks spectacular! And as far as the kestrels, I tried the car thing, maybe they thought my black Subaru was a bird hearse, as I couldn’t idle up to them while they were perched on power lines.

        • I must admit, Jerry, the Kestrel is even difficult from the car. I don’t know how many times I think I have a shot, then miss, then follow the bird again and again. Other birds are much more co-operative. 🙂

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