Easter Weekend Memories


Ann and I were relatively idle over the weekend.  On Friday,without any specific projects in mind, we just drove around the area to see what we might see.  Of course, I think that is what we do most of the time, now that I think of it.  So I guess this weekend was no different.  Okay, so I sound like and old man rambling.  Well, I am old, so I guess that is my job. Anyway, here are a few miscellaneous photos that I managed to grab.  All photos were shot with my Canon EOS 70D with a Tamron 150-600mm zoom.  Please click on any image to see enlargements.

House Finch

House Finch

The House Finch was photographed at San Angelo State Park.  I was in the bird blind there watching the activities of various birds.

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

The Red-winged Blackbird was also shot at the blind.  I love the brilliant wing bars on these birds.

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

After visiting the blind, we decided to just take a leisurely drive through the park.  I saw the Ash-throated Flycatcher off to the side of the road and photographed it from my car.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

On Sunday morning, after breakfast, we drove by the old K-Mart building where there is a creek nearby.  We had received about a quarter inch of rain during the night, and there was some substantial water in it.  There was also this Yellow-crowned Night Heron strolling by.

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

This Solitary Sandpiper was also nearby.

American Kestrel

American Kestrel

We then decided to drive the backroads down near Eldorado, Texas then visit the city water ponds in that city.  On the way we spotted this American Kestrel in the top of a dead tree off to the side of the road.  I brought the car to a stop, turned off the engine.  Since the bird was on the passenger side of the car, I had to hand-hold the camera across in front of Ann.  It was no easy feat,but thanks to the Vibration Control in the lens, I managed to get this shot.  The bird was about 150 feet away and I was zoomed to the full 600mm of the lens.

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson’s Phalarope

Arriving at the ponds, we saw quite a bit of activity, teals, gadwalls, shovelers, etc.  In one corner of one pond we spotted about twenty of these Wilson’s Phalaropes.  They were not skittish at all of my car, and I was only about twenty feet away for this shot.

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

On an island in the middle of one pond were a few Cattle Egrets.  This is my favorite photo, I think, even though there is a bit of a twig in front of the face.  The image was taken from a distance of about 200 feet.  The photo was severely cropped so I could show you the close-up.

After that, light showers began, so we headed for home.  We were not unhappy as this area needs as much rain as we can get.

Update:  New total for my Big Year Texas list is 147.  New additions are:

#146  Yellow-crowned Night Heron

#147  Cattle Egret

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25 thoughts on “Easter Weekend Memories

  1. Bob, I think you have outdone yourself. I don’t think I have seen a finer group of images in one place….ever. And to consider they were all taken this weekend. I could probably come up with a group of fairly good images that were taken over six months, maybe.

  2. I love the Solitary Sandpiper especially – lovely reflections and colours. A real ‘painting’ style photo! Glad to hear you are getting some more rain!

  3. Bob, your photos make even a “common” bird like a house finch look spectacular! I love the yellow-crowned heron, gorgeous! And that kestrel shot is impressive, as well. Gee, when are your photos not impressive? 🙂 Glad you had a nice weekend and got some much-needed rain!

  4. Having been away from Texas for almost ten years, sometimes I forget just what a diverse and magnificent variety of wildlife we have there.

    In the 7 or 8 years I have known you, Bob, I think this post has to be in my Top 3 Favorites of all the Texas Tweeties I have read.

    Simply beautiful.

    Just like Texas.

    Thanks, amigo, for allowing me to “be Home” again.

    God bless you and Ann.

    And may God continue to bless Texas.

  5. That Phalarope! You are making me envious of your lens. We’ve not seen any in their breeding plumage yet. Glad that the Yellow-crowned has arrived — the Birding Effect will soon be underway. Cheers, Bob.

        • Seriously, Shannon, if I were you I would get it ordered what with the long waiting list. And with latest reports, it still is only available for the Canon. Reports from Tamron there is still no official release date for Nikon or Sony mounts. Just saying…… 🙂

        • I did forget about that long wait. Will be buying a new body as well, most likely the Canon 60D. Can’t see that the 70D has any features I can’t live without. Guess I need to get it ordered!

  6. Great set of captures as always Bob! I have to say the Red-winged Blackbird is a favorite of mine going back to my youth. I haven’t seen many of them in my area for quite a few years but a mating pair are gallivanting around our place and I feel blessed! Thanks for sharing~ John

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