Just a few images from the past week.


This post might be a bit brief from the narrative side.  I couldn’t think of anything to write about more deeply.  We did make a few excursions this past week to do a bit of birding, and get a few photographs along the way.  We did see our first Bullock’s Oriole and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers of the year.  Also the first Black-necked Stilts that we have seen in over two years.  With the level of Lake Nasworthy having dropped three feet, the shoreline is wider and making great habitat for the wading shorebirds.  Here are a few photos for you to see.  I would strongly ask that you read this post by clicking on the link.  Then you can click the images and see some great enlargements.

Osprey

Osprey

I watched the Osprey for twenty minutes, hoping he would turn to face me a me a little bit, but it never happened.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

The Eastern Bluebird was in the shade a little bit, almost making the face too dark, but I love photographing them.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was a harbinger of many more to come.  Summer is almost upon us.

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

I love the elegant, gracefulness of these Black-necked Stilts.  Their slender legs are about the size of straws.

Bullock's Oriole

Bullock’s Oriole

The Bullock’s Oriole is the predominant oriole in this area.  The one above was the first I saw this spring.  It was nearly too far away for a decent photo.

Great Horned Owlets

Great Horned Owlets

The owlets were over two hundred yards away, across the lake, high in a tree.  My friend, Julie Stewart, told me about them.  She attempted to photograph them with her 300mm lens, but were almost out of reach.  She thought that with my 150-600mm lens I might have a better chance.  I got the above shot, putting my setup on a tripod at the water’s edge.  Even then, I had to do some extreme cropping, and a little sharpening.  Those tiny twigs in front of the birds made focusing from that distance very difficult.  But thank you, Julie, for giving me the chance.

So, that’s about it for this time.  I love reading your comments, so if you feel like saying a few words, give it a go below.

By the way, the Solitary Sandpiper is number 140 on my Texas Big Year list.

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24 thoughts on “Just a few images from the past week.

  1. Was hoping for a Bullock’s this year. But such was not the case. We are leaving Texas Monday. heading back to Ontario. It has been a fun 3 1/2 months. Bob, your blog keeps Texas close to my heart.

    • Bummer, Dave, that you missed the Bullock’s Oriole. They are just starting to arrive. I saw three just this morning. Gosh, has it been that long already? Seems like you just got here. You will have to make another trip back to explore the possibilities in west Texas. I appreciate that you are enjoying my blog so much. Thank you very much.

  2. Adore the Bullock’s and hope to see one. We had a brief meeting last night going over our itinerary and I am getting evermore excited… Owlets are priceless!

  3. You do have some beautiful birds in Texas! I love the sandpiper and the bluebird especially – just gorgeous! Looks like you’ve been having some wonderful sunshine. Your Texas Big Year list is growing!

  4. Short on narrative, perhaps, but long on beauty. That osprey photo is truly amazing – even if it was being uncooperative and refused to face the camera! 🙂 I love the black-necked stilt, maybe because I’ve never seen one before. It looks like such a cute bird.

  5. Birding is a passion that not enough people enjoy..I love your photos with all the different birds we don’t have here in Colorado. You are greatly appreciated my friend..and these photos are wonderful..I like the Bluebird ..shadows add character..Have a great day..we are back to winter..tomorrow will be spring again..lol

    • I agree, Syl, birding is definitely a passion. I have read, too, that it is the 2nd fastest growing pasttime in the country. Many thanks for you nice compliments.

  6. THANK YOU for sharing your passion with those of us who enjoy birds, but do not have the equipment or experience to do what you do! I grew up in San Angelo, but do not remember seeing, or appreciating, the variety of beautiful birds that you photograph. Thanks again!

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