In between storm alerts, showers, and chores, I have been able to get out among the birds a little bit. We have been to the ‘mud hole’, the local parks at Lake Nasworthy, and out to the San Angelo State Park. Some of the birds have been very nice to get in position for some nice photos.
But first, I’d like to mention that my photo of an American Robin, pictured here, is on the front cover of the May issue of “The Messenger”, a local min-news magazine of Woodstock, Nebraska. I have been published several times, but it never fails to thrill to see my photos in the print media.
Now back to my photos for this post. Click on any image to see some eye-popping enlargements, especially if you are viewing this on a computer.
There had been reports of this Summer Tanager existing in Spring Creek Park. I had failed on previous attempts to find him. But, finally, we were able to spot him in the trees. He was moving around rapidly so I only had a few seconds to capture him. He disappeared only seconds after I got this shot. The winds messed his usual smooth hair-do a little bit, but not bad enough to make him un-recognizable.
A Curve-billed Thrasher is always fun to come across. I love that fierce look.
This Spotted Sandpiper was strolling along the ‘mud hole’, just bobbing along.
A Bronzed Cowbird was all by himself at Spring Creek Park.
This is my firsst photo of the year of an Ash-throated Flycatcher.
The Lark Sparrows seem to be everywhere. No problem locating one for a photo op.
Doves are another species that I tend to ignore. I came across this one and immediatly realized that I might have been missing something. A beautiful bird.
Last but certainly not least, is this Great Horned Owl. Always a crowd pleaser, we came across this one by surprise when driving through Spring Creek Park. We just happened to glance up in the trees and there he was, just staring at us. I quickly maneuvered the car into position where I could get a shot from a distance, so as not to disturb him. If I got a mesquite thorn in my tires, I still think it was worth it.
I hope you enjoyed these photos. I don’t know if I will get time to publish a post this weekend. We are leaving early Monday morning to spend a week of birding and photography in and around Big Bend National Park. We have lodging reservations at the Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center in Study Butte. If any of you birders will be in the area, look us up. If I don’t post in the next few days, watch for me in about a week and a half.