Rumors of my passing are unfounded…..

Yes, I am still around and I have realized that it has been about two months since my last post.  To be truthful, I have considered discontinuing this blog.  I guess it was probably that I had the winter blues, etc.  Anyway, I just couldn’t get myself pumped up to write.  But I still had people reading my older posts, and some others subscribed, hopeful for new articles to come.  I decided to give it another try.

Then, about the tenth of March, about midnight, I was awokened with the urge to go to the bathroom to relieve myself.  As I started to rise from the bed, all of a sudden I was hit with a ferocious attack of vertigo.  Have you ever heard someone say, that the room was spinning?  Hey, it happened.  I couldn’t focus on anything, because it kept whizzing past my eyes and on around the bedroom.  I was so off balance I couldn’t get off the bed.   My wife called 911, and the EMTs were there in minutes.  The fire station is only about six blocks away.  They helped me, carried me to the bathroom so I could finish what I started out to do.  This while the room was still spinning and I couldn’t focus on anything.  Needless to say, I then got very nauseous, along with all that goes with it.

I will spare all of the details, except to say I am sorry for the EMT who had to clean the ambulance afterwards.  Not a fun trip.  I was kept in the hospital for a couple of days while, with the help of anti-nausea meds, I finally could walk without looking like Tim Conway.  Anyway, I have had problems with my dizziness and off-balance since then.  I have an appointment on April 30, (three days to go), at West Texas Rehab where they are going to do some therapy that will hopefully cure it once and for all.

Through all that, I haven’t done much with my birding and photography.  I have been only able to get to the field for periodic short trips, when I have little periods of near normalcy for maybe an hour here and there.  Here are a few photographs that I managed to get in those little forays.  Just click and scroll down.


Great Egret in breeding plumage.


Vesper Sparrow


Greater Roadrunner


Pied-billed Grebe




Canyon Towhee


Cinnamon Teal


Loggerhead Shrike


American Kestrel


Bell’s Vireo


Grasshopper Sparrow

Most of these photos were captured around the San Angelo area.  There have been reports of Painted Buntings, Blue Grosbeaks, various warblers and other spring birds coming in the past few days.  So hopefully, by my next post, I will have gotten several photos of those birds.  That should be sometime next week.

I hope you enjoyed this brief post and the photographs.  Until my next post………

Happy Birding!!!


60 thoughts on “Rumors of my passing are unfounded…..

  1. Hi Bob,
    Great photos! I also have been having vertigo the past 3 weeks. always from midnight on…gets better during the day. As the air lifts with the rising heat, the mold spores also rise. I had to leave CT. as the winter mold spores were causing all kinds of problems, AFIB for one. My IGe is very high

  2. Hello Bob! It’s been a long time since I have done much with my blog…life changes…but it was so nice to see your wonderful photos again! I ‘m sorry to read about your current condition. I do hope you make a speedy recovery from whatever you are suffering from.
    Best regards,

  3. Bob so glad you are doing better!! Vertigo is horrible and debilitating!!! I have had several bouts with it so I relate to to everything you were talking about! Praying you get over it all together and it doesn’t return!! Love your blogs!!!! Take care!

  4. Bob, glad to hear from you. In November, I had a sudden and unexpected vertigo spell while camping at Davis Mountains State park. At 2am the 911 folks got me stabilized and that was that until a month later at home I had another really bad spell here at home in Angelo. In the ER, they got me stabilized and had tests run: inner ear infection and have had no vertigo since, thank God, as I was terrified, just as you were. I hope you are on the mend.
    Camping this week at South Llano RSP. Lots of birders here this week. Get well, Bob!

    • Hi Norman. I have an appointment at West Texas Rehab on Monday. I hope they can use that therapy and get my inner ear back in balance. I would prefer to not go through that again. We love South Llano River SP. One of the best birding spots in west Texas.

  5. Hello Bob…The new photos are amazing…as usual. Alex joins me in sending good wishes for a complete recovery. Best to Ann too.

  6. I saw someone once suffering a severe case of vertigo due to an inner ear infection and think that must be one of the worst conditions to experience. Wish you a speedy recovery and no re-occurrances. The photo of the great Egret with the breeding plumage is striking!

  7. Fantastic photos, as always! Sorry to hear you’ve been so ill, and hope you are well on your way to feeling back to normal. Looking forward to more blogs and photos!

  8. Hey Bob – great photos! The egret and roadrunner eye markings are a treat! Hope you know you were missed. These health issues are not any fun and I am glad you are feeling better. Please take care of yourself and Ann. hugs

  9. Really sorry to hear about your vertigo, Bob. I have not experienced it thankfully, but from your description, it must have been hell. Hope you get back on steady ground real quick.

  10. Stunning pictures. Take care of yourself, Bob.

    On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 4:05 PM, Texas Tweeties by Bob Zeller wrote:

    > Bob Zeller posted: “Yes, I am still around and I have realized that it has > been about two months since my last post. To be truthful, I have > considered discontinuing this blog. I guess it was probably that I had the > winter blues, etc. Anyway, I just couldn’t get myself pum” >

  11. Sorry to hear about your vertigo, Bob. Hope you are feeling better by now. Also wishing that, on my BEST days, I could take photos as well as you do on your WORST days.

  12. You are the best Bob! Great photos as always! Please take care of yourself, I hope you get well soon. 🙂

  13. Sorry to hear of the illness, sounds like Neurogenic Syncope. Don’t you dare hit this blog, we count on your shots of beauty. Prayers for your health.

  14. The photos are wonderful. And just so you know, I had an incident of vertigo very much like yours about five years ago. I didn’t land in the hospital, but it was a truly awful experience. The good news is that I’ve not had another problem with it since we got past that one experience. Very strange. Best to you, and I hope you’re soon past it all!

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