Ann and I were relatively idle over the weekend. On Friday,without any specific projects in mind, we just drove around the area to see what we might see. Of course, I think that is what we do most of the time, now that I think of it. So I guess this weekend was no different. Okay, so I sound like and old man rambling. Well, I am old, so I guess that is my job. Anyway, here are a few miscellaneous photos that I managed to grab. All photos were shot with my Canon EOS 70D with a Tamron 150-600mm zoom. Please click on any image to see enlargements.
The House Finch was photographed at San Angelo State Park. I was in the bird blind there watching the activities of various birds.
The Red-winged Blackbird was also shot at the blind. I love the brilliant wing bars on these birds.
After visiting the blind, we decided to just take a leisurely drive through the park. I saw the Ash-throated Flycatcher off to the side of the road and photographed it from my car.
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
On Sunday morning, after breakfast, we drove by the old K-Mart building where there is a creek nearby. We had received about a quarter inch of rain during the night, and there was some substantial water in it. There was also this Yellow-crowned Night Heron strolling by.
This Solitary Sandpiper was also nearby.
We then decided to drive the backroads down near Eldorado, Texas then visit the city water ponds in that city. On the way we spotted this American Kestrel in the top of a dead tree off to the side of the road. I brought the car to a stop, turned off the engine. Since the bird was on the passenger side of the car, I had to hand-hold the camera across in front of Ann. It was no easy feat,but thanks to the Vibration Control in the lens, I managed to get this shot. The bird was about 150 feet away and I was zoomed to the full 600mm of the lens.
Arriving at the ponds, we saw quite a bit of activity, teals, gadwalls, shovelers, etc. In one corner of one pond we spotted about twenty of these Wilson’s Phalaropes. They were not skittish at all of my car, and I was only about twenty feet away for this shot.
On an island in the middle of one pond were a few Cattle Egrets. This is my favorite photo, I think, even though there is a bit of a twig in front of the face. The image was taken from a distance of about 200 feet. The photo was severely cropped so I could show you the close-up.
After that, light showers began, so we headed for home. We were not unhappy as this area needs as much rain as we can get.
Update: New total for my Big Year Texas list is 147. New additions are:
#146 Yellow-crowned Night Heron
#147 Cattle Egret