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Since my last post, Ann and I have mostly been hanging around the local area, looking for more new birds and new photo ops. I guess we are still unwinding from our Big Bend trip. The weather here has been fickle, as well. Around 90° one day, down to a current 51° as I write this around noon on April 28. A chilly day for west Texas.
Yesterday, though, it was pretty nice, albeit a bit windy. I caught this Vermilion Flycatcher darting among the trees at Middle Concho Park at Lake Nasworthy.
Also nearby, was this Great Blue Heron. One of my favorite wading bird subjects. We watched him fish for awhile, but he never came up with anything worthy of eating.
A few days earlier we were at the south portion of the large San Angelo State Park. We stopped at the blind but didn’t see anything of interest, but visited with some nice folks from South Dakota. We left there and decided to just drive through the park, as we sometimes see much more than we will at the blind. We were not disappointed.
When I started to drive away, this Bobwhite started singing so I stopped the car and took another shot.
We continued along and finished our drive with this Chipping Sparrow, who were available in great numbers.
Well, that’s all for this one. In the words of that former California governor, “Ah’ll be boch”.
That vermillion flycatcher is something else! Such gorgeous color. But my favorite photo from this post is the scissor-tailed flycatcher, something about the way it is perched really appeals to me. It has such a sweet look on its face.
Thanks, Amy. I never get tired of photographing either one.
Spectacular photos. Love the Bobwhite in particular, singing. We more often hear them than see them… 🙂
Thanks, Lisa. They are difficult to see, even when you hear them singing. 🙂
Always nice to see what is around locally without having to travel a great distance. Nice photos. Love those Bobwhite.
Thanks, Dave. I love the fun of the chase. We have a blind at the state park, but I am so used to seeing the same birds all the time, I love to get out and watch for different species; the ones the don’t frequent bird feeders.
Fantastic photos, Bob! The bobwhite is really cute.
Thanks so much, Jo.
You always find some great subjects! Love the photos, as always.
Many thanks, Judy. We species in huge numbers like they do along the gulf coast, but we see quite a diversity if we take the time to just drive around the area.
The scissor- tailed Flycatcher is a beautiful bird! As always, a very nice set of captures!
Thank you very much, Jagged Man.
Wonderful photos Bob. Love the flycatcher. Wish we had some of those round here.
Thank you, Alison. The Scissor-tailed in found predominantly in Texas and Oklahoma. In fact, looking at the range maps of various flycatchers, there are very few in Nevada. Guess you don’t have enough gnats to go around. 🙂
Ha! It seems like we have plenty of those pesky things.
Great photo of the Vermillion Flycatcher….and they do move around alot!
Thanks, Sharon. I agree, they move fast. It took me 15 minutes to finally corral this one. 🙂