Much has been said in my post about our birding at Spring Creek and Middle Concho Parks. Most of my recent photos have been taken at one or both of these areas. Such as the Great Blue Heron and Great Egret, both of which I took yesterday.
But another area that we have pretty much neglected to bird, is an area at Twin Buttes Reservoir. This lake, with one of the longest earthern dams in the country, was built in the early ’60s as a flood control project. As with most of the local lakes around here, it has almost dried up during our drought. However, with a thunderstorm a couple of days ago, there are a few puddles of standing water. Such is what we found when we decided to drive out there after spending time at the above mentioned parks.
It was hot by the time we got there, but this one spot among a dozen mesquite trees felt like a little oasis. There was a low area about 50 feet long by about 15 feet wide filled with muddy water that hadn’t soaked into the ground yet. There were numerous small birds flitting between the trees and the water.
Besides the above birds, we also saw a Painted Bunting take a quick splash in the water, but was gone before I could get the camera to my eye. We also spotted an Orchard Oriole on a nearby high wire.
This is the kind of birding that I really enjoy. To find a nice birdy spot like this, sit and watch from our blind, a.k.a. our car. The fun is not knowing what you are going to see. We will be going back very soon, before the water dries up.
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I love car-blind photographing as well. Just need hubby to go a little slower when he’s accompanying me! LOL Great captures as always Bob!
Thanks, Donna. Yes, he certainly has to slow down for you. Sometimes we barely creep along, and sometimes we come to a complete stop, then wait.
I can almost feel the heat from your photos – it must be getting quite warm in Texas! Love the pic of the egret – gorgeous white plumage. Is it shading its eye from the sun, or from the reflections in the water?
We did have a couple of record-breaking hot days, but things are a bit better now. Back into the low 90s which isn’t bad with our very low humidity. I guess the egret is probably shading from the sun, which was bright, and and almost directly overhead. Not the best time for photographs, but the egrets don’t watch the clock. 🙂
Love the Great Egret pic! He or she lol looks so graceful. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you very much, Anon, I appreciate it. 🙂
That is a good bird blind and many varieties of birds that are accessible. Appreciate you sharing.
Thanks, Jane, always nice to hear from you. 🙂
Perhaps you will laugh, but I’ve thought since today that a Roadrunner is like an Ostrich, I mean I have thought it’s a big bird.
Yes, this comes from watching when I was a kid ‘Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner’, those cartoon characters from Looney Tunes. 😀
I always enjoy your photos. 🙂
Glad you are enjoying my photos, Cornel. The Greater Roadrunner is about is about 23 inches tall. 🙂
Another great series Bob !
Thanks so much, Dave. You know how much I always enjoy your comments. 🙂
Excellent bunch Bob! 🙂
Many thanks, H.J.