Birding the past week has been delightful. Our species daily counts are getting up there, one time reaching 40. But most importantly, I was able to get some nice photographs. Most of the photos were taken in the local parks around Lake Nasworthy. San Angelo State Park has been closed as they are burning off nearly 25% of the park to rid it of unwanted brush and mesquite. In the long run, that should help the flora and fauna rebound, beneficial to all.
Let’s start with this Northern Cardinal. always a favorite to photograph.
Some Western Bluebirds arrived to add to the beauty of the avian population.
The Yellow-rumped Warblers are here in large numbers now.
It seems that I have seen an increase in Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, compared to prior years. Of course, it may be just me, getting more familiar with each specie as the years go by. 🙂
As we were driving along the fence line at Spring Creek park we were surprised to come upon this Blue-gray Gnatcatcher……
…….and this cute Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I love the challenge of photographing these tiny birds. They are quick, flighty never sitting still for more than a fraction of a second.
A few rare Pine Warblers are still around. Maybe they have found a home here for the winter.
Eastern Phoebes are always around, entertaining us with it’s quick flights from tree to tree, then resting for a few seconds before moving on.
Another Yellow-rumped Warbler,this one a beautiful Audubon variety.
One of my favorite wading birds is the Great Blue Heron. They are plentiful here, being seen at most of the lakes and waterways.
Wild Turkeys abound here in the Concho Valley. I usually ignore them because they are so common. But as we passed the narrow little inlet several took off to fly to the other side. This group numbered about 30 and they were taking off about one at a time. I decided to stop and try to catch a photo of one of them in flight. I was lucky. I say that because of all 30 or more, I was able to catch only one good image. I was rattling off hi-speed shots as each bird blew. Here is the best of the bunch.
So that’s it for today. I hope to get more for another post before Christmas. Click any image to see an enlargement.