More blasts from the past


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.

Nashville Warbler

American Pipit

Red-shouldered Hawk

Great Blue

Camera information:

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)Canon EOS 7D with Canon 100-400mm zoom lens.  1/2000 sec. @ f6.3,  -0.3 EV,  ISO 800.  Shutter priority with spot metering.

American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) :  Canon EOS 7D with Canon 500mm lens and 1.4 tele-converter.  1/3200 sec. @ f6.3, -0.3 EV,  ISO 400.  Aperture priority with partial metering.

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)Canon EOS 7D with Canon 500mm lens and 1.4 tele-converter.  1/2000 sec. @ f16, ISO 1600.  I just set the camera on Program, hoisted the camera, aimed, and shot.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)Canon EOS 7D with Canon 500mm lens and 1.4 tele-converter.  1/2500 sec. @ f8, ISO 400.  Aperture priority  with partial metering.

All shots with the 7D were handheld.  To see more of my photographs click on the Flickr Logo on the right side of this page.

Wilson’s Warblers at Eldorado


In my endeavors to keep bringing you new and exciting images, I dug back through my files and came upon these photos a a Wilson’s Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla) that were captured near the water treatment ponds at Eldorado, Texas, several weeks ago.  One major difference between the Wilson’s Warbler and the Yellow Warbler in my post yesterday is that the Wilson’s has a dark patch atop it’s head.  The bottom photo is a juvenile, so the patch isn’t as dark yet.

Wilson's Warbler

Wison's Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

All photos were taken with my Canon EOS 7D with 500mm lens with 1.4 tele-converter attached.  Hand-held at 1/640 sec, shutter priority, hand-held.

The Great Blue Heron Comes Courtin’


Yesterday, Ann and I decided to take another, yes, still another run down to the water treatment ponds at Eldorado, Texas.  I had mentioned in previous posts, how this place was one of our favorite places to bird.  It is one place where you absolutely never know what you might see.  This time we were rewarded again.

When we drove in, the temperature was mild, no wind, and the waters were quite calm.  We drove around and saw many of the usual species and I got several new photographs.  But one of the highlights of the morning was seeing this Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)as he was doing a mating dance for a nearby female.

Great Blue Heron - Mating Dance

Great Blue Heron - Mating Dance

I was so happy to get the opportunity to see and photography this ceremony.  One doesn’t often get the chance to see such happenings in the wild.

I hope you enjoyed the photographs.  Photographic information is as follows:  Canon EOS 7D.  Canon 500mm f4 lens with a 2X tele-converter, focal length 1000mm.  1/800 sec. @ f8, ISO 400.  Shooting distance was approximately 250 yards.  Hand-held, camera resting on window sill of my Ford Edge using my Puffin’ Pad as a cushion.  As usual click on either one for an enlargement.

Flight of the Cattle Egret


Yesterday Ann and I made a return trip to the water treatment ponds down at Eldorado, Texas.  Our purpose was to try to get a look at the Black Scoter that was seen there for a few days.  This time we did get a chance to see it.  But as we watched, and as I was preparing to photograph it, it flew off.  Since the ponds cover several acres, and there are five seperate areas we didn’t see it again amidst the hundred of duck species that were there.  So a photograph will have to wait for another time.  It was a lifer for both Ann and I.

However, the juvenile Cattle Egret was still there.  I got a few images of it feeding in the reeds, but my prize was this photo of it in flight.

Cattle Egret in flight

Esposure was with my Canon 7D with a Canon 100-400mm lens.  1/500 sec. @ f8, ISO 250.  Spot metering and aperture priority.

We also saw a Greater Roadrunner running with a captured Red-winged Blackbird in it’s beak.  No photo.  Running too fast for me.  Total species for the two hours again was 27.

  • Ruddy Duck
  • Black Scoter
  • Bufflehead
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • American Coot
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Gadwall
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Eared Grebe
  • Redhead
  • Greater Roadrunner
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Canvasback
  • Northern Pintail
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Meadowlark
  • Egyptian Goose
  • Cattle Egret
  • Mockingbird
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Rock Wren
  • Song Sparrow

We also saw one that we can’t identify.  Here are two images of it.  If there are any expert birders out there, tell me what you think.

I hope you enjoyed the photos.  Click on any of them for an enlargement.

White-faced Ibises


White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi).  These unique looking wading birds are normally seen wintering along the Texas Gulf Coast.  However during the spring of 2010 and 2011 these appeared at the water treatment ponds at Eldorado, Texas.  Again, those ponds have become a mecca for unusual birds to show up.  It is one of my favorite birding sites.

White-faced Ibises

White-faced-Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Mother and Juvenile

As you can see, their feathers have a irredescent, glossy sheen.  They tend to change hues with the lighting.  One distinguishing feature is the white surround at the base of the bill.  It helps in the identification from the Glossy Ibis, which doesn’t have such a feature.

The in-flight pictures were shot with my Canon 7D with 100-400mm lens at shutter priority.  On the others I attached my 500mm lens with 1.4 tele-converter and hand-held using aperture priority.

Enjoy these images, and click on any one to see some enlargements.

More Egrets – Ya Gotta Love ‘Em


Two more egret photos from our little foray down to the Eldorado, Texas water treatment ponds.

Great Egret

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 500mm IS lens – with 1.4 tele-converter
  • 1/2000 sec. @ f6.3 – minus 1/3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 100
  • Lens focal distance – 700mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Shutter priority

Snowy Egret

  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 500mm IS lens – with 1.4 tele-converter
  • 1/2000 sec. @ f5.6 – minus 1/3 EV adjustment
  • ISO 125
  • Lens focal distance – 700mm
  • Metering – partial
  • Shutter priority

I hope you like the photos.  Click on either of them for an enlargement.