Twas the day after Christmas……


….And here at the house, I am sitting at the computer holding my mouse.   (was that catchy or what?)

It has been a busy time around here, as it has for most people this time of year.  We had a delightful dinner with friends on Christmas Day, though.  Now it is time to get back to doing what I do best; producing more photographs.

Despite the hectic activities associated with the holiday season, Ann and I managed to get in a little birding, and a little photography.  Here are some of the most recent results.

These are two Northern Cardinals that we have been seeing.  I don’t know which I like best.  Both were photographed at Spring Creek Park, here in San Angelo.

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Northern Cardinal

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Northern Cardinal

While were were driving around the park, we came across this little Brown Creeper.  It is one of the hardest birds to find, let alone to photograph.  They scurry up and down trees, looking for tiny morsels in the bark.  The only way that you can find one, is to just watch for movement.

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Brown Creeper

One bird, or I should say duck, is the little Pied-billed Grebe.  Usually I see them far off shore, and unable to get good detailed shots of them.  This time we spotted one close in to some reeds, where we were more hidden.

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Pied-billed Grebe

In a brushy area we saw three or four more Carolina Wrens.  I hate to pass up a chance to photograph these little cuties.

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Carolina Wren

I am looking forward to the new year.  New challenges.  We will again keep a list of all the birds that we will see during the year.  2019 was a bust, in that regard.  With my on-going health issues, we didn’t travel or do as much birding as usual.  We saw only 155 different species for the year, whereas we usually see 200 or more.  So on January 1, we start anew, hoping for a year where there will be no health emergencies, and maybe make a few trips to other bird areas.

One more thing.  I have started on a new coffee table book.  It will be “Birds, Beasts and Buttes, Volume II”.  I last published the first volume back in 2013, so I have an abundance of new work from west Texas to include.  As the title implies, it will have plenty of birds, animals, and west Texas landscapes.  It will be a hard-cover book with 100 or more photos.  Look for it to be published sometime in January if all goes well.  By the way, I still have a handfull of Volume One that I am selling at a reduced price of 45.00.  Contact me at bobzeller@pobox.com if interested.

Happy New Year and Happy Birding!!!

 

 

 

Carolina Wren and friends.


This past Friday morning Ann and I headed to Spring Creek Park here in San Angelo.  Birding had been pretty slow for awhile and we were hoping that things would be starting to pick up.   And it was.  Among other things a Carolina Wren made himself visible and treated us to several poses.  I hope you enjoy these photos.

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Carolina Wren

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Carolina Wren

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Carolina Wren

We also saw this beautiful Orange-crowned Warbler.

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Orange-crowned Warbler

And this cute little Yelllow-rumped Warbler.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

It is great to see our winter birds finally getting settled in, especially these tiny bird that I enjoy photographing.  Of course, we had some record-setting warm weather, too, that helped.  Having said that, a cold front blew in this morning so we shall see how that affects the coming week.  Stay tuned………

HAPPY BIRDING!!!!!

Swainson’s – the forgotten hawk.


Well, the Thanksgiving holiday is over.  Now I am contemplating the Christmas season.  However, I think that began long before Thanksgiving, considering all of the commercial ads I have seen the past several weeks.

Anyway, we have been out birding on several occasions, only to come home empty handed.  Where are all the birds, someone once said.  I guess they are around, keeping in hiding until the weather makes up it’s mind as to what it wants to do.

So, I am staying busy going through thousands of old files, and making surprising discoveries.  In the past, I come home from a shoot, load the photos, sometimes several hundred.  I look at the best, then forget the others until I have time, like now, to go back a take closer looks.  Like now.  I forgot about red-tails, osprey, falcons, and went through my old files of the Swainson’s Hawk.

They are nearly the size of a Red-tailed Hawk, and just as photogenic as them.  I guess the fact that there are more red-tails around San Angelo, is why I tend to see the more. of them.   Anyway, here are a couple new/old photos of Swainson’s Hawks that I have never published.

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Swainson’s Hawk

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Swainson’s Hawk

Those two I have never published.  However, here is one that I did publish about two years ago, and one of my favorites.

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Swainson’s Hawk

As you can see, the Swainson’s Hawks are pretty exciting to see also.

So, as I said, Thanksgiving is past and the following photo shows that a turkey is thankful that he did not end up on the platter as he is getting the heck outta’ here. 🙂

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Rio Grande Wild Turkey

And with that, I am outta’ here, too.  See ya back here in a few days.