Ann and I decided that another nice day deserved to be spent birding. We spent a couple of hours at Middle Concho and Spring Creek parks, then we got a call on our cell phone from Suzanne Johnson down at Eldorado. A Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula), had been spotted at the water treatment ponds. So we left immediately to get down there. We saw it and I got a nice photo of it. It was lifer number 239 for me.
Canon EOS 7D with Canon 500mm f4 IS lens and 1.4 tele-converter. Exposure 1/1600 sec. @ f8, -0.3EV, ISO 400. Partial metering and aperture priority. Captured from our car, using a Puffin Pad window support. Distance to subject was about 100 yards.
Here are a few more images that I captured earlier this year. Like yesterday’s post, this one features again, photos from a fall visit to the water treatment ponds at Eldorado, Texas. The date was October 3, 2011. Click on any image to see an enlargement. Hope you enjoy.
The end of the year is here, so I think I will show you some posts of photos from earlier in the year. I don’t think you have seen these shots of the Yellow-headed Blackbird(Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus). I photographed the top two photos down at the water-treatment ponds at Eldorado, Texas, back in April. They were wandering along the shoreline of one of the ponds. The third (bottom) image was captured in September of 2008 at San Angelo State Park, atop a mesquite tree.
Western Texas is on their migratory path. I saw my first one many years ago, when it landed on our back-yard fence. Another time we saw one sitting on the roof of the kiosk at the entry to Big Bend National Park The females, are somewhat non-descript and only about half the size of the male.
Pertinent photo information:
Photo 1. Canon 7D with 500mm lens and 1.4 tele-converter. 1/1000 sec. @ f11, -0.3 EV, ISO 640. Aperture priority.
Photo 2. Canon 7D with 500mm lens and 1.4 tele-converter. 1/1000 sec. @f11, ISO 800. Aperture priority
Photo 3. Canon 40D with 100-400mm zoom lens. 1/5000 sec. @ f5.6, ISO 400. Aperture priority.
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Going through older photographs, I came across this image of a White-breasted Nuthatch(Sitta carolinensis). It is not a bird that you will see very often locally here in the Concho Valley. We were spending a few days at Davis Mountains State Park in July of 2010. We were at their bird viewing area spending some time. After awhile I looked across the street where there is a open picnic area. I noticed that there was a post in the ground with a spigot on it. It was dripping water and there were several birds around it. I picked up my tripod and 500mm lens and traipsed on over there. Not very soon after setting up my equipment, this nutchatche showed up and I was able to get some nice photos.
Sibley’s describes it as our largest nuthatch. This species is found in open woods with mature trees, most often oak and pine trees, where it’s nasal calls are heard frequently.
Friday, January 7, 2011. 27 species
Northern Shoveler 12
American White Pelican 30
Great Blue Heron 3
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Kestrel 1
Greater Yellowlegs 6
Least Sandpiper 20
Ring-billed Gull 100
White-winged Dove 4
Mourning Dove 2
Blue Jay 1
Black-crested Titmouse 3
Bewick’s Wren 1
Northern Mockingbird 12
Curve-billed Thrasher 1
Spotted Towhee 1
Canyon Towhee 1
White-crowned Sparrow 12
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 100
Western Meadowlark 4
House Finch 12
House Sparrow 6
Here it is just a few hours left in the year. I have been ‘outta pocket’ the last couple of days. Getting end of year tax reports, bookkeeping, etc. to end the year. But also doing a little birding, trying to get my annual bird count up. I believe I saw 180 species, but was shooting for 200. But a new year dawns. Here are a couple of shots that I got yesterday I thought you might enjoy.
I want to wish all my readers, far and wide, the most joyous and Happy New Year.