NEW QUIZ – Test your duck knowledge

Okay, get out your bird guide books.   This quiz is to test your knowledge of ducks.  As before, have a good look at this photo and select what you think it is in the poll below.  If you would also like to comment, on why you think it is what you think it is, I would like to hear it.  Just type your words in the comment area below.  You may click on the image to see an enlargement for better viewing.





Birding Eldorado Saturday 10/30

Friday evening Suzanne Johnson called us from Eldorado and told us that there was an influx of birds at the water treatment ponds.  She invited us to come down there Saturday morning for some birding there.  We were happy to hear that there were finally some birds arriving there so, Ann and I headed that way.

I don’t remember how many different species that we saw but there were, Green-winged Teals, Pied-bill Grebes, Gadwalls, American Wigeons, Eared Grebes, Northern Shovelers, Blue Huron, Vesper Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Savannah Sparrows, Meadowlarks,  Ruddy Ducks, Lesser Scaup, one Redhead, Pyrrhuloxia, and one female Ring-necked Duck.

The weather was nice, but very windy, and it made photographing these birds on the water difficult.  Hear are a few photogaphic highlights.  Some are not award-winning images, but good enough for identification.

Green-winged Teal

Ruddy Duck

Eared Gebe

Wind-blown Vesper Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Back here in San Angelo, activity with some migratory birds are picking up.  On O. C. Fisher Lake we have seen numerous American Kestrels, Loggerhead Shrikes, Meadowlarks to name a few.  There are several hundred American White Pelicans, American Avocets, Greater Yellow-legs, Least Sandpipers also.  We have seen two Norther Harriers almost daily.  This morning we saw two Red-tailed Hawks also.

 Click on the above images to see enlargements.

Happy Birding!!

Canon EOS 7D Report

I drove down to Eldorado today to try out my new Canon 7D.  Suzanne Johnson had told us there were quite a few ducks that had arrived.  This camera is amazing.  I used my 500mm with a 1.4 teleconverter attached.  The auto-focus was  instantaneous.  The 8 frames per sec was like a quiet machine gun.  I was shooting at aperture priority at f5.6.  These subjects in the following photos were at least 100 yards distant.  They were about the size of my focus point in my view finder, so obviously I had to crop extensibly to get these close-ups.  Check ’em out.









Green-winged Teal








Eared Grebe








Lesser Scaup