Nicer weather prevailing…….for now


The weather is about to get cooler here in San Angelo again.  But the past week or so there have been some spring-like temperatures.  I managed to get out a few times and with help of my wife, spotted a few birds to photograph.  I like having her along, as it is nice to have that extra pair of eyes when I am driving.

This female Norther Flicker was spotted as we drove out Spillway Road toward the Nature Trail.  As I can’t do much hiking anymore, I don’t walk the trail.  But near the entrance we can usually see many species.  The flicker was about 150 yards away and I wasn’t sure if I could get a decent photograph.  But my Canon 7D MKII and Tamron 150-600mm lens came through for me.  Of course, like most of my long range photos, it is heavily cropped.

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Northern Flicker

This Northern Cardinal was in the same area.  As you can see, he was facing into the early morning sun.

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Northern Cardinal

Back into Spring Creek Park we were driving around the familiar horseshoe drive.  It is a one-way drive, but because I am usually the only person in the park, I drive it backward.  That puts the water on my driver’s side, making photographs much easier.  I don’t have to get out of the car, avoiding flushing the birds.  So, that is how I came about shooting the nice photo of a Great Egret.

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Great Egret

Getting away from the water, we found this Grasshopper Sparrow in the brush.

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Grasshopper Sparrow

These meadowlarks are around in great numbers.  Easily seen as you drive through the countryside and the state park.  As you can see, I prefer photographing birds in their natural habitat.  I don’t mind having the twigs, leaves, etc. in my photos, as long as the birds are easily identifiable.

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Western Meadowlark

I hope you enjoyed this post.  It may be a few days until the next one, as the weather is getting colder for a bit.  Of course, that usually doesn’t prevent me from getting out, but since I have a few domestic chores to attend to………..well, you know how that is. 🙂  But I appreciate all of my readers that stay with me.

So….until then, HAPPY BIRDING!!!

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8 thoughts on “Nicer weather prevailing…….for now

  1. Thanks for all you do Bob, we love your pics and are glad Ann can go with you give her a hug.

    On Sun, Feb 17, 2019 at 11:24 AM Texas Tweeties by Bob Zeller wrote:

    > Bob Zeller posted: “The weather is about to get cooler here in San Angelo > again. But the past week or so there have been some spring-like > temperatures. I managed to get out a few times and with help of my wife, > spotted a few birds to photograph. I like having her along, a” >

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