November First Birding


Since Ann and I hadn’t been out since we got back from our wonderful Houston trip, we finally got time to get out a bit Friday afternoon.  Still not many birds at the parks around here.  Last year at this time it was pretty common for us to around 30-35 birds within a couple of hours.  This time we saw about 15.  Anyway, what we did see gave us good rewards.  First we (Ann) saw this Great Horned Owl high in a tree in Spring Creek Park.  It was in the shade and it gave me a chance to use my new Rogue Safari Flash Booster.  More about that in a blog this weekend.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Then we proceeded around the horshoe bend of the park.  At one point across the river, about 150 yards away we saw this Osprey high in a tree.  There was no room to maneuver to car for a shot, so I exited the vehicle with my Canon 7D with a 500mm lens and 1.4 tele-converter.  I approached the river bank, and using a small bench to prop my elbow, I hand-held the camera for the shot.  I was quite pleased with the result that you see here.

Osprey

Osprey

I hope you enjoyed the photos.  Click on either one for some outstanding enlargements.

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23 thoughts on “November First Birding

  1. I clicked the owl and got a nice enlargement of him. Wonderful detail. Sometimes the lack of quantity make you focus on the quality, which you certainly did here. Nice shots!!

  2. Love both those, but especially the owl – beautiful detail in the plumage! It sounds as if the autumn/winter birds are still thin on the ground – I wonder if the weather is to blame? We have had exceptionally mild weather this side of the Atlantic, so far.

    • Thank you, Jo. Yes, our birds are still pretty thin around here. I guess it is the weather. That’s all I can figure out. Maybe better days are coming. Glad you are having nice weather there. Have a great weekend.

  3. Wonderfulhotos, Bob. lucky Ann and you for finding the Great Horned Owl. I have never seen any live owls in the wild, so I’m living vicariously through your lens today. 🙂 Also, anecdotally, the birds migrating through here this fall are ,ich fewer and farther between than in any recent years, but our entire Autumn is a bit delayed – many maples aren’t yet red, may still all green. Odd.

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