The Dog Days of Summer

The temperatures around here in San Angelo have been hovering around the 100 degree mark or a little higher.  That means that it is best to stay in out of the heat.  That is what the birds and wildlife seem to be doing.  Ann and I have not been getting out too much, either.  But a couple of days ago we decided to stop binge-watching the seven seasons of “The Andy Griffith Show” and get out, if only to get some fresh air and stretch our legs.

At San Angelo State Park, this Northern Bobwhite presented a problem when trying to photograph it.  It’s was partially hidden, except when he was calling.  When he called he stretched his head up, and I could focus on his entire head.  So I patiently waited for the right moment, as the head was up for only a few seconds each time.

Northern Bobwhite sing to his mate.

Northern Bobwhite

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

At the ‘mudhole’ near Twin Buttes Reservoir there was a little more activity.

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird



Blue Grosbeak - female

Blue Grosbeak – female

That’s it for now, until we decide to get out again.  By the way, another reason for not getting out is that I am in the act of getting a DVD produced.  It contains 100 of my best photographs, not only birds, but landscapes, flowers, etc.  The images are selected from the past few years, plus a great music tract.  It will be available in about two weeks.  I must say, I have seen the preview, and it is awesome.  I am very proud of it.

Well, time to see what that rascal kid, Opie, is up to now.  Season 2, episode 14. 🙂


12 thoughts on “The Dog Days of Summer

  1. Particularly like the Bob White photograph, Bob. I like the photos when birds are partially hidden. In fact, I sometimes look for opportunities for those shots. Fun set of photos!

  2. Fabulous photos, all, but an extra round of applause for waiting on the bobwhite. I love how you can see a spider’s web in the photo (at least that’s what it appears to be). It seems to me that one of the many benefits of being a birder in Texas is that you aren’t plagued with the dense green foliage and heave leaves on trees that obstruct our views here in the north.

    I’m anxious to get more info on the DVD!!

    • Hi, Amy, glad you like the photos. Yes, I think that is a spider’s web, also. You are right about not having the dense foliage in most areas. But, we do have areas that we do have that problem and it is quite difficult to see birds then. I will send you DVD info by e-mail. 🙂

  3. Hi Bob, Your photos are excellent, and as a newish birder, it helps me to see the birds in another part of Texas a few at a time. I’m also a newish blogger at I am photographing the birds I see in Bastrop, but I don’t have a great lens like yours yet. Soon I hope! Thanks for sharing your birding adventures.

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