Tale of The Take – Porcupine

Getting this photo was one of my most amazing experiences.  Ann and I had driven to San Angelo State Park to check on the bird blind, back on January 19, 2009.  We usually put seed out so the birds will be attracted to the area.  This is for the benefit of birders and photographers who come to observe.

Porcupine in tree

We had just turned off the main road on to the little lane that leads to the blind when we spotted this round, bushy looking blob in the fork of a tree, about 25 feet from the side of the road.  Not realizing at first what it was, we put our binoculars on it and discovered that it was a Porcupine.

I had my camera on my lap, as usual, and took a couple of quick shots out the window of our mini-van, to make sure I had something in case the animal made a quick exit.  I then got out and started walking through the weeds and brush, much to the chagrin of my wife, Ann, who started to yell at me to watch out for rattle-snakes.  I called back, and told her to worry about whether I was going to get the shot.  After all, there things that are more important than others. 🙂

I was able to get close enough to the porcupine that I could have reached out and touched it as he/she was only about 5 feet off the ground.  I found that if you are going to pet a porcupine, don’t move your hand against the “grain”.  Those quills are very sharp.

A face any mother would love

I was able to shoot pictures to my heart’s content.  The porcupine probably had just awakened as it was about 8:30 AM.  He just sat there and stared at me for the whole time I was there.  Of course, I was in awe.  Most porcupines I ever see are usually slabs of road-kill on the highway.  This was by far, the closest I had ever been to one, especially a live one.

Photo information.  Canon 40D camera.  Tamron 28-300mm lens.  1/250 sec. @ f9.  ISO 400.  Zoom lens set at 105mm.

Going Down to the X-Bar Ranch

Today Ann and I are going down to the X-Bar Ranch to stay until coming back on Thursday.  It is an excellent birding spot so we hope to see some of the birds coming north during the migration.  Click on the above link to see more about it.

Due to the fires here in west Texas that you have probably read about, we haven’t been out much because of the smoke in the air.  We have a fire that stopped at our northern city limits, before the wind changed and started moving it north.  As of this writing it has burned 130,000 acres and is still moving north.  Fortunately, so far there have been no loss of life and property damage has been minimal.  It has managed to skirt around the city of Robert Lee.

We did get out for a little bit yesterday morning to check on the bird blind at San Angelo State Park.  Here are a couple images that I was able to get.  I hope you enjoy them.  Of course, click on either of them to see enlarged image.

Black-crested Titmouse


Cotton-tailed Rabbit

 Most likely, this will be my last post until we return.  I’m hoping to have a few more images for you.