Cooler weather is here and along with it there have been an influx of some new winter birds arriving. We have been driving around the local parks over the weekend, but on Monday we decided to drive down to the South Llano River State Park. It has always been a great place to see and photograph birds.
Here are a few images from there and around here the past several days. Please click on the images and you will see some amazing enlargements.
Let’s start with a couple from San Angelo State Park.
I was fortunate to get this image of a female Belted Kingfisher. We were driving along the nearly dry Concho River. There was about 75 yards of trees and brush between us and the riverbed. We heard the bird first and that made us do a little searching. Finally, through the brush and branches I spotted her. She was watching the water below, something we couldn’t see, and her mind was on that. She was completely oblivious to us, as she probably couldn’t see us anyway unless she happened to peek back through the brush. I was able to get the center focus point of my camera on her.
We made a brief stop at the bird-blind and I was able to get this shot of a Lincoln’s Sparrow. I think this is my best image of this particular specie. That also may be true of the above Belted Kingfisher.
On Monday morning, we made our sojourn to South Llano River State Park. We were not disappointed. We visited three of the four blinds there. Here are some of the results.
The following are two photos of an Orange-crowned Warbler. At first, I didn’t recognize it. I had forgotten about the orange crown the is very seldom seen, but shows up in these images. It took me a bit to realize what I was looking at.
It was a fun day. However, we missed seeing a Painted Redstart that had been seen and photographed two days before. Rats!! I am always too late. I was at the airport the day that my ship came in. Oh well, those things happen and I will have a lucky day soon. On second thought, I think I am having lucky days all the time. I am 81 years old, I can get out and crawl through the weeds and have a great wife that (will help me get up) and loves to accompany me to the great outdoors. What more could I want.
I hope you enjoyed the images as much as I enjoy going and getting them.
So that is what the orange crown on the Orange-crowned warbler looks like! Great photos :-).
Many thanks, Myriam. 🙂
Fantastic post, Bob! I enjoyed seeing your assortment of birds. The warbler is so beautiful. Love the thrush, too. Haha, I laughed at your idea of being at the airport when your ship comes in! Haven’t heard that one before.
Thanks so much, Jo. I appreciate it. I am glad you like my little bit of humor. 🙂
Fuzzy little puff ball warbler, sleek thrush, yellow and red wonders and a kingfisher worthy of first place – and then a wife who is willing (and able) to drag you out of the weeds and help you up. What a blessed man you are. Oh, btw, I think your next book should be a bird ID guide and don’t forget to include that 9 band thingy and the one with the wide horns! No charge for your extra humor!! hugs
Funny you should mention it. I really am thinking about another book. Shall I pencil you in for one? LOL Thanks for your comment and really thanks for putting up with my humor. 🙂
Oh yes! Put me down for one! Say, we are having rain here and I think our little dry part of Texas will soon have some water in those empty ponds and tanks-just right for those birds headed south!
I don’t know when I will do this. It is still in the “thinking about” stage. Say, do you have my current book, “Birds, Beasts and Buttes”? I can’t remember if you had purchased one. It is a hardbound book with about 100 of my best images. Price is 65.00 that includes all taxes and shipping charges.
You are indeed leading a charmed life. So happy that you can enjoy the things you like the most.
Dave, I think my health problems are mostly behind me now. Maybe 81 is the new 61. 🙂
Love the black throated sparrow and the L.Sparrow, Thrush…not because the others are bad, they are all good, but those are less seen and posted about.
Thank you very much, Boeta. I appreciate your comment. You are right about the sparrow and the thrush. They don’t get mentioned very much.
Superb photos, Bob. I especially like the kingfisher. It’s marvelous!
Many thanks, Trail Walker. It is one of my favorites, too.
Nice shot of the Kingfisher…I know first hand how difficult it it to get a good closeup shot of these guys!
Thank, Gene. I really got lucky with this one.
Bob, I’ve looked at all your posts for a couple years now, and I think these are the very best images yet. Wonderful!
Thank you very much, Rick. Your comments make it all worthwhile. I hope you visit again. 🙂
Wow! Awesome set of pictures!! Thanks for sharing! I hope I’m still on the go at 81 like you are!
Hey, thanks so much, Melanie. Nice to hear from you, and I hope you will visit again.
Great captures Bob! 🙂
Thanks, H. J. I appreciate it.