Back in San Angelo


They say that it is fun to get away, but always nice to come home again.  Well said.  But…….I am ready to get away again.  I confess, I love traveling all over this great state of Texas, albeit most of my destinations are in the western part of the state.  Uvalde sounds like a likely stop for us in the near future.  We will see, so stay tuned.

I might add that I erred in my last post when I said we were in Jefferson Davis County.  Actually, the name is Jeff Davis County.  It was named after, but shortened, for Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865

After spending several days, sorting and tossing over 1,000 images from our Davis Mountains trip, we finally got away Wednesday morning.  We headed for San Angelo State Park, one of our favorite birding venues.  Here are a few images from there.

I don’t usually take time to notice doves as they are so plentiful I take them for granted, but for some reason or other, I saw this Mourning Dove in the early morning sun, and decided to take a shot.

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Mourning Dove

Driving along another of the many roads that wind through the park, we saw a Cooper’s Hawk land in a tree.  I stopped the car, stepped out and set my camera on the roof of the car.  We were about 80 yards away, but I didn’t want to try to get closer, not wanting to spook hime to fly.

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Cooper’s Hawk

A few minutes later, he did decide to fly.  We watched and saw him land out to our left, in another tree.  This time, he was facing away from me.  I was still able to reach him with my 150-600mm lens.

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Cooper’s Hawk.

There weren’t too many photo ops, even though we saw many species.  Here is a Lark Sparrow, trying to hide in a bush.

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Lark Sparrow

We decided to head for home after that as the temps were starting to rise.  But we were surprised before we got out the gate.  Crossing the road in front of us was this Porcupine.

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Porcupine

That’s all for this post.  Catch me in another few days. 🙂

Happy Birding!!

12 thoughts on “Back in San Angelo

    • Thank you very much, Mick. Yes, in my photo it is a 500mm Canon f4 with a 1.4 converter. I used it for about 12 years before I decided to sell it. I “down-sized” to a Generaation 2 Tamron 150-600 zoom lens. That is what I use on my Canon 7D Mk II. Thank you for commenting. I appreciate it.

      • Hi Bob..I use the Nikon 105 macro-love it and sigma 120-400 for the natural history shots it’s OK but I had the chance to buy the one you have bought how do you find it,any good?take care ..

  1. Nice photos! Glad you & Ann had a fun time. The dove and the sparrow and the raptor – you got ’em all; common but always a joy. Would you believe I was born in Runnels County, roamed all over my parents land and came back to roam some more AND I have never seen a porcupine on that land! Kinda feel cheated,,,,,hugs

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