First of all, as I like to do occasionally, is to bring attention to other nature artists that impress me. Lyndi Simms is one of those and her work is stunning. Check out her work by clicking HERE.
Okay, when Ann and I were out hooting for the owls last week we had another experience. Glancing towards the river, we saw a flash of blue out of the corner of our eyes. We looked to see what had distracted us, thinking maybe we were spotting a Great Blue Heron. But what a surprise, when we discovered that it was actually a Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), a smaller relative. They are in fact about 18 inches smaller than the Great Blue. They are permanent residents to the gulf coast, but summer throughout the southern states. They are very rare to this west Texas area where I live, and this is the first one I have ever seen. Number 254 to my life list. Click on either image to see an enlargement.
One more bird that I don’t want to forget to mention is this Bronzed Cowbird, (Molothrus aeneus). They summer mostly to the southwest of San Angelo, but a few do make it into the area. Difficult to photograph because of the black, glossy feathers, but if successful, the bluish feathers really pop. This one I got lucky with when it was hopping in the grass nearby. Ya gotta love that red eye, too.
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