Carolina Wrens


First, this will probably be my last post until I return from my travels to the Big Bend.  We are leaving Monday morning and will return Friday.  Hopefully, I will post something next Saturday.

Digging back through my archives, I again found a few gems that you might enjoy looking at.  These are the Carolina Wrens (Catherpes mexicanus).  I again, photographed these birds at the Hummer House in Christoval, Texas.  I think I will do a post about the Hummer House in the future, since I have been talking about it so much.  Some you that reside here in Texas would probably be interested in visiting.  Carolina Wrens reside here the year around.

1. Carolina Wren

2. Carolina Wren

3. Carolina Wren

These were all photographed in the spring of 2008.  I had not yet purchased my 7D so I was using my older Canon EOS 40D.  I had it attached to my Canon 500mm lens with a 1.4 tele-converter.  I mounted it on my Manfrotto tripod with a Wimberley gimbal head, and was sitting inside the viewing center.  The images were all captured through the plate glass window.The basic exposures were all identical, aperture priority, center weighted metering, ISO 800, f7.1.  Only the shutter speed varied from 1/125 to 1/250 sec.

In the third photo, you can see the advantage of using only one focus point.  There was considerable grass growth, but I was able to put that lone focus point on the bird with no problem, as you can see.

In the second photo you might notice a metal band on the leg.  Dan and Cathy Brown, the owners of Hummer House, regularly invite the Concho Valley Bird Banders to come and do their work for research.

Well, again, I hope you enjoy these images of another cute bird.  Click on any of them to see enlargements.

The Gorgeous Painted Buntings


I had the Lazuli Buntings yesterday in my post.  It got such great reviews I decided to do another post about my favorite of all, the Painted Bunting, (Passerina ciris).  This bird to me is the most beautiful thing I had ever seen here in west Texas.  For what reason, I do not know.  Maybe because it looks, and you will agree, like it was hand-painted.  You just need to look at the various colored feathers.

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting - female

Painted Bunting singing in tree top

Painted Bunting - bathing

I am not going to bother you with all of the EXIF data today.  Just sit back and enjoy the images.  I will say that all of them were captured at the Hummer House Nature Retreat at Christoval, Texas.  I had described the viewing area there in yesterdays post about the Lazuli Buntings.

I sincerely hope that all you do enjoy my photographs.  Click on any of the images to see an enlargement.

Images from Hummer House Nature Retreat


I am still going through old images whenever I have extra time.  Today I came across a few more from a trip in May 2010 to the Hummer House Nature Retreat, at Christoval, Texas.  Here are a couple of those gems.

Bathing Painted Bunting

I should have entered this in Karma’s Rainbow colored Photo hunt. 🙂  The Painted Bunting is truly a hand-painted masterpiece from the Man himself.

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 500mm IS lens with 1.4 tele-converter
  • 1/640 sec. @ f9 – minus 2/3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 250
  • Lens focal distance – 700mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Aperture priority

Eastern Phoebe

It is amazing that I have never posted a photo of an Eastern Phoebe before this.  It could be that they are hard to get close to, and I have usually seen them only from a distance.  For both of these shots, I was inside an air-conditioned observation room and photographing through a plate glass window.

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 500mm IS lens with 1.4 tele-converter
  • 1/400 sec. @ f7.1
  • ISO 500
  • Lens focal distance – 700mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Aperture priority

Click on either image to see an enlargement.