This is my 900th post that I have written since I got started on this blog about seven 7 years ago. It was at the urging of my wife Ann, and my dear friend and fellow photographer, Deb Tappan, in Tennessee that I decided I would give it a try. Now I have a great following with readers in 161 countries at last count. It has been great fun, but I am still at a loss about how I ever was able to think of 900 subjects and titles to write about. But, hopefully I can continue and be able to reach 1000.
It seems be fitting that I feature one photo of a bird that has challenged me all of those years to get a great image. The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is a very tiny bird. It is fast, quick, never sits still. Always on the move. By the time I have the camera focused in the spot where he is or was, he is off to another spot. And so it went, time after time. But a couple of days ago, at Spring Creek Park, he may have gotten a little tired and because he stopped for a few more seconds. I finally got this result.
But he was not alone. During the past few days we have been able to see several species, and I was able to get a few more nice photos, such as this Lark Bunting.
We spotted this Osprey later, as we entered the Middle Concho Park.
Followed quickly by this Golden-fronted Woodpecker.
After that, the birds got a little scarce, possibly because the wind had come up. But on the way out of the park, the Osprey apparently had done a little fishing and he was perched on a tree limb enjoying his lunch.
So there you have it……number 900. Now, on towards number 1,000. Perhaps I will make it by another year. 🙂
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