I am getting back into my routine since returning from the Big Bend. The weather is moving up and down like a Disney roller-coaster. 93° last Saturday. Maybe 45° today. No matter, I try to get out for an hour or two, or three nearly every day. The birding is improving, but having said that, it will probably be another wait for the spring birds to arrive. But let me show you the photos I have gotten since my last post. As usual, click on any image to see some nice enlargements.
Here in San Angelo we do have American Robins pretty regularly, but this year it seems there many, many more than in the past. I see them almost everywhere I go.
This House Finch and the above robin were photographed early in the morning at the same darkish location, which accounted for the high ISO of 3200. As you can see, they are sitting on the same branch.
I love to photograph the Northern Cardinals. They are so photogenic, it is hard to get a bad image.
Loggerhead Shrike, AKA ‘the butcherbird’. They love to impale their prey on a thorn or barbed wire before consuming them.
The Belted Kingfishers are not innocent either. They dive and hit the water at about 100MPH, stabbing their fish, and giving themselves a nasty headache.
This Carolina Wren gave me a nice pose early one morning.
Last week one day, we ventured out to about a dozen miles west of Eldorado, where this Burrowing Owl was making it’s home in a culvert. When we arrived, we saw from about 100 yards down the road. He was standing looking our way, like he was waiting for us to show up. As we neared he jumped into the culvert, and turned and peeked out to look our way. Of about 100 images this was one of my personal favorites. My camera and lens gave me an excellent quality file to work with, and I was able to crop close and give you this portrait.
One day at San Angelo State Park ann spotted this Merlin off to the right of the car. I only had time to shoot across Ann’s lap through her window. The early morning gave me some good light.
Before we left the state park, we spotted this Red-tailed Hawk perched. As I was starting to shoot, from about80 yards away, it decided to take flight. I was ready, and I filled the frame with my lens.
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