We have had some very beautiful weather the past few days. It is a very nice respite from the cold days that we had previously. Ann and I got out to do a little birding, and I got some new photographs. That was a bonus, as I hate to come home from birding empty-handed.
First up, I got very lucky getting this photo of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. It was in some thick brush along a fence at Spring Creek Park here in San Angelo. We were in the car and maneuvered close to the fence, about 15 feet away. We saw the bird in there, flitting around, and eventually it exposed itself long enough that I was able to get a few images. If you look close, you can see the tiny red crown, that is usually concealed. I hand held my Canon EOS 7D with a 100-400mm lens for the shot.
Along the way, we saw several Yellow-rumped Warblers on the ground and in the trees. This is another tiny bird that moves quickly and is hard to photograph.
Another bird that we usually see on almost every visit to the lake parks, is the Great Egret. This image was really under-exposed, so I decided to not correct it, but to just adjust the lighting of the egret itself. It now appears like it is wading in moonlit waters.
We also saw this Ladder-backed Woodpecker working away in a mesquite tree.
Lastly, how could I not show this image of one of my favorite subjects, the Vermilion Flycatcher. The wind was up a bit, and he seemed to be enjoying the swaying of the small tree branch. I also like that I was able to get a catch-light in the eye.
I hope that you enjoyed these photographs. Click on any of them to see an enlargement. To see more of my images, click on the “Fine Art” logo in the left side of this page. There I have some galleries for you to browse.