Green-tailed Towhee – 2nd chance

What a difference a day makes.  I went back out to the photography blind at San Angelo State Park yesterday to see if I could get a better exposed photo of the Green-tailed Towhee.  The sky was cloudy, but it wasn’t raining.  There was an abundance of birds to be seen, and the light was perfect.  There was this Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca) eating seed that was put on this log.

Canyon Towhee

There also was this Lesser Goldfinch, (Carduelis psaltria), hanging sideways on a branch sticking out of the pond.

Lesser Goldfinch

How about a female Northern Cardinal, (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Cardinal - female

Or a Pyrrhuloxia , Cardinalis sinuatus), a relative to the Northern Cardinal.


Don’t you love the bokeh on the three above above photos?  A few minutes later about a dozen Northern Bobwhites, (Colinus virginianus) came running into the area.  What fun it was watching them scurry around.  This is a photo of one of the females.

Northern Bobwhite - female

Oh, lest I forget why I decided on this post, the Green-tailed Towhee, (pipilo chlorurus), finally made an appearance.  He flew in from the surrounding brush and made himself at home in this bird feeder.  I took this shot, then he was gone.  I haven’t seen him since.

Green-tailed Towhee

I hope you enjoyed looking at these photos.  I have this habit of wanting you to see all of my photos at once.  I don’t have any left for the next post.  So you know where I’ll be tomorrow.  There is no time to rest, but I must keep going to satisfy my readers. 🙂

All images were shot with my Canon EOS 7D with Canon 500mm lens, tripod mounted.  No tele-converter was used.

Click on any of the images to see an enlargement.  Have a Happy Super Bowl Weekend. 🙂

New day – new pictures

I haven’t been doing much these hot days, except going back through my literally thousands of pictures.  You guys should feel sorry for me.  Here I slave over a hot computer, just to entertain you.  What do I get out of it?  Well, actually I get some great comments from all of you.  I appreciate them all.  It is good for my ego.

Several of you like my sense of humor.  It’s true that I have a great sense of humor, but like I told Holly, I try to keep it under control.  After all, there are a lot of comedians out of work.  But I need to keep occupied until the temps cool down a little below the 100 degree mark.  I want to get my cameras back outside and back in action.

So, today I have some pictures that I have gotten from my archives.  I don’t know if you have seen them before, but I put them on my 500px  page also.  I took all of these with my Canon 40D, so I know they are probably at least three years old.  Of course, if I’m not too lazy, I could look at my EXIF data and find out for sure. 🙂

Gee, I can remember way back in the old days, before “EXIF”, “HTTP”, “HTML” and “BLT”, we had to write all our camera data down on little cards if we wanted to remember it.  Then we had to save all them film negatives.  I still have shoe boxes full of them.  I guess I am aging myself here, I guess.  One young lady commented to me this morning, that she reminded her of a Grandpa she never had. 🙂 I take that as a compliment.  Let’s face it.  I am 76 years young, but still feel about twenty years younger.  That’s what a good sense of humor can do for you.

Lesser Goldfinch

  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/400 sec. @ f7.1
  • ISO 640
  • Lens focal distance  340mm
  • Metering – center weighted
  • Aperture priority

Bullock's Oriole

  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/400 sec. @ f7.1
  • ISO  800
  • Lens focal distance  400mm
  • Metering – center weighted
  • Aperture priority

Curve-billed Thrasher

  • Canon EOS 40D
  • Canon 100-400mm zoom lens
  • 1/800 sec. @ f6.3
  • ISO  400
  • Lens focal distance  375mm
  • Metering – center weighted
  • Aperture priority

So that’s it for another day or so.  But keep watching, you never know when I might pop in with another surprise post.  Oh, by the way, click on those images and have a look at the enlarged views.  One more thing, my 2012 calendars shipped already.  I’ll have them soon.

I just thought of a neat idea.  An Early Bird Special.  I still have some of my DVDs left, you remember those I made, bird photos set to some great music.  If you send me a check for 20.00US, I not only will send you the calendar, but I will throw in one of those DVDs at no extra charge.  But remember, if you already have the DVD, I still will send you one, but it is not a re-issue.  It is still the same one.

So send a check for 20.00 US, plus your address, and include your e-mail address as well.  Upon receipt I will send you one of my 2012 Bird Calendars plus my Bird photograph DVD, with some great music.  Make check payable to Bob Zeller.  Mail to 4401 White Ash Ln., San Angelo, TX 76904-4528.

A few more pictures.

Black-crested Titmouse

Ann and I just got back from Christoval and we just about got blown off the road.  The temperature is 83 degrees but the wind is about 30 mph, making for some hard driving.  I had to go to the Hummer House and check out my inventory, to see if and what I had sold during the winter months.  By the look of the shelves, maybe I had better go into another line of work. 🙂 

If you’re new to the area, the Hummer House is a little bed and breakfast

Northern Cardinal

 place about a mile south of Christoval on Toenail Trail.  It is also a Humming Bird refuge, hence the name.  A great place to stay, nevertheless, if you want to get away for a night or two.   The humming birds will start arriving there in early to mid-March.  But right now you can see White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkey, and various birds.  This is a good time to watch the turkeys, as they are starting  to strut for the ladies.

Lesser Goldfinch

Before we left we stopped at the San Angelo State Park and checked on the birds at the blind.  Looks like they are getting fed regularly.  While there we saw a few Black-crested Titmice, Red-winged Blackbirds, and a bunch of finches.  I think most of the bird population was hunkered down out of the wind.

I am getting spring fever with the warm days arriving.  But I am sure it will be short lived as I know we are still in store for more cold weather, at least for another month or so.

I am adding three more pictures here that I took earlier in the week.  Hope you enjoy.

By the way, if you click on any photo you can see an enlarged image.

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Happy Birding!!