We got back to San Angelo Friday afternoon, after a five hour drive from our Casita at Far Flung Outdoor Center in Study Butte, Texas. We were exhausted, not from just the trip, but from the great four days that we spent in Big Bend National Park and Chisos Mountains of west Texas. We saw a great number of birds, although not as many as we had hoped. But considering it is winter time, we should be glad. We added five more to our yearly list, including a lifer, a Bushtit. We are at 108 for the year as of now, and my life list is up to 294.
But apart from the birding, I was also able to get some nice landscape photos from that beautiful area. I am usually in the birding mode, and I tend to not notice the majestic scenes of Big Bend National Park. This time I made it a point to enjoy that aspect much more.
Here are a few photos from our memorable journey. Click on any of them to see pretty enlargements.
There were plenty of Red-tailed Hawks.
We saw plenty of White-crowned Sparrows, too.
We also saw numerous of these Loggerhead Shrikes.
The grandeur of Big Bend National Park is amazing. Photo opportunities at every turn. This photo is from a very high lookout point along the Ross Maxwell Highway. Probable altitude around 5,000 feet. You can look across the top of Kit Mountain and see the opening in the 1500 foot cliffs that mark Santa Elena Canyon, a distance of around 20 miles away.
This is a typical desert scene. Cerro Castellan is in the distance.
Here is close-up detail of Cerro Castellan.
When eating a breakfast of burritos and coffee in the morning in the ghost town at Terlingua, this cactus wren was happily singing near by.
From the window formation in the Chisos Mountains, altitude 5,000 feet, looking west, you can see forever.
I hope you enjoyed these image of our little vacation. We are hoping to back again soon. Now it is back to birding for a couple of months.
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