Northern Bobwhite and more……..


Since my last post on June 1, my time in the field has been limited.  I have been trying to catch up on personal issues pertaining to keeping up our yard, a little house cleaning, and this morning a plumber is coming to install new fixtures in our bathroom.  So, I was only able to get out for two hours on June 2, and a couple of hours yesterday, June 7.

But the good news is, I did manage to get a few nice images to share with you.

For anybody that has been concerned about the scarceness of the Northern Bobwhite, I can assure you they are certainly alive and well in San Angelo State Park.  While driving through the entire area we were never out of earshot of at least one of them calling.  We also saw visually about ten of them, perhaps more.

Northern Bobwhite

Northern Bobwhite

Northern Bobwhite

Northern Bobwhite

Northern Bobwhite

Northern Bobwhite

Male and female Northern Bobwhite

Male and female Northern Bobwhite

Although we enjoyed seeing so many of the bobwhites, we didn’t ignore  the other birds.  As a matter of fact, we observed thirty different species.

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get useable photos of all thirty, but that is to be expected when I am in the birding mode, versus just out for the photography.  Some we just saw as they flew nearby, or were in thick brush, or I simply just didn’t like my photo.

We spotted this night heron in the draw behind the Walmart super-center.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Well, that is about it for this time.  Hopefully, I can have more for you the next time.  Click on any photo to see enlargements.

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21 thoughts on “Northern Bobwhite and more……..

    • Sorry, I don’t know why you didn’t get them, but I posted at least six articles in July then three or four in June. I am in fine health, and I am glad you enjoy my writing. You can read my latest posts that are listed on the right side of my page.

  1. Your shots of the northern bobwhite are simply breathtaking! And that photo of the ash-throated flycatcher is so clear there appears to be strands of a spider’s web in the image! Or are my eyes deceiving me? I love that last shot of the night heron, it is “picture perfect”! It really made me smile. 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Amy. At first I couldn’t see the strands that you mentioned, but I think they are just above his head. So glad you loved the photos.

  2. I love those little guys used to hear them all the time in nc when I used to spend my summers during school years. they released some in the springfield bog in akron and I got to hear them for the first time since i was 20 years old and that was a long while ago.

  3. When I was 9 years old or so, my aunt had a ‘conversation’ with a bobwhite we couldn’t see. They called back and forth to each other for five minutes or so. A happy summer-time memory your post sparked.

  4. As you know, Bob, I am a fisherman. I have probably spent tens of thousands of hours in the outdoors over the last 50 or so years. During that time I have seen some pretty cool things – Bald Eagles soaring directly over my head no more than 30 feet above me, alligators within fishing pole length next to my boat, and swimming armadillos(!) to name a few. That said, whenever I see your photos it’s almost like I am right there with you observing these wonderful critters. Thank you for bringing your images to life for those of us who can’t actually be along side you. As always, simply amazing!

    • Toby, I can’t thank you enough for those kind words, my dear friend. I wish I could have been with you on those occasions that you mentioned. We would have made great buddies. 🙂

      • I know that’s right, Bob! I think the swimming armadillos was the greatest of my outdoor adventures. The only thing about you, your camera and I together in a boat (besides the beer) would be that my “10 lb” fish would suddenly shrink to 2 lbs! Photos don’t lie, but a fisherman might. 😀

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