Humor in Photography


I just had to show you this photo of a Belted Kingfisherthat I came up with Saturday.  Cruising along the river bank of the Spring Creek, I spotted him in a tree on the opposite bank, about 125 yards away.  As I took a closer look through my binoculars, I realized that he had an enormous fish in it’s bill.  I think he was contemplating on what he was going to do with it.  After getting a few shots, I briefly looked away, and then he was flying down the river.  I don’t know if he still had the fish or if he had dropped it.

Now what do I do??

Now what do I do??

Here are a few more or less humorous images from the past.  I will let you enjoy the captions.  First this Northern Mockingbird.

Going my way???

Going my way???

This image of the two Prairie Dogs appeared twice in separate issues of National Wildlife Magazine.

"Blow in my ear and I'll follow you anywhere."

“Blow in my ear and I’ll follow you anywhere.”

These, parked for the summer, dueling snowplows were photographed at Traverse City, Michigan on a visit there a few year ago.

Okay, on three.........

Okay, on three………

This Mexican Ground Squirrel seemed to not like me intruding on his meal.

"Must you stare while I'm eating?"......

“Must you stare while I’m eating?”……

Wild ride at a Professional Bull Riders event in San Angelo, Texas.

"Whoa, stop this thing and let me off!"

“Whoa, stop this thing and let me off!”

I got lucky and nailed this frog at the instant that he grabbed the butterfly.

"The Frog and the Princess""Gotcha, baby"

“The Princess and the Frog”
“Gotcha, baby”

I hope you enjoyed a bit of my weird humor today.  Click on any image to see an enlargement.

Prairie Dog and Wild Turkeys


Prairie Dog

Spring is in the air at San Angelo State Park.  The prairie dogs are enjoying the spring wildflowers and the Wild Turkeys are in love, as you can tell from the pictures.  Ann and I caught these this morning as we took a little drive.

Enjoy the photos.  Click on either one for an enlargement.

Wild Turkey - Displaying

Prairie Dogs say the dog-goned-est things


I was looking at all of my Prairie Dog images today, and in my devious mind I imagined what these little guys were thinking. 🙂

These were all photographed at San Angelo State Park, San Angelo, Texas.  Click on the images to see enlargements.  Enjoy.

"Do these pants make me look fat?"

"OMG, I soooo love these things!"

"I hope I don't look too suspicious".

"Someday this will all be yours".

"Should I was my hands before supper?"

Sunshine and Cool Birds


Yesterday morning, Friday, Ann and I woke to a nice clear, sunshiny day.  The temp was still only about 20 degrees.  We waited a bit until it was up to about 28 then we headed to San Angelo State Park.  First we needed to put seed in the feeders.  We do that on a regular basis, not just to feed the birds, but for the main purpose of attracting birds for the numerous birders that frequent the popular bird blind.

Cactus Wren in the snow

I also wanted to take advantage of the snow still on the ground, to get some wintery photographs.  My vision was to catch a Northern Cardinal perched on a snow-covered branch.  But a vision was all it was, as there wasn’t any snow on the tree branches.  All we had was about an inch of it on the ground.  But I did get a couple of nice photos of some birds in the snow.  One was the Cactus Wren.  The other was a White-crowned Sparrow that seemed to be staring at some large cat tracks.  Perhaps a Bobcat??

A cool White-crown Sparrow

At the blind, I scared off a small Opossum as I approched.  The water trough, which is about 2 feet deep was frozen solid.  I tried to break through it, but to no avail.  I would have to wait and let the warming sun do it’s job.  O. C. Fisher lake, which is dwindling by the day, looked like it was frozen all the way across.  Leaving there, we stopped by the Prairie Dog village.  A few of them were sitting on the mounds, pondering if they should venture across the snow.

A young Black-tailed Prairie Dog

But, today the snow will probably leave for the most part.  The sun is shining brightly and the temperature is climbing again.  Will spring be just around the corner??  Enjoy the photos, and click on any of them to see enlargements.

Happy Birding!!  🙂

SA State Park going to the Dawgs


I have been focusing, pun intended, on my photography of birds a lot lately.  As a wildlife photographer I also seek after images of the four-footed kind.  One of my favorites is the the Black-tailed Prairie Dog.  There is a “village” of them at the south part of San Angelo State Park, and another at the north section.  I took the photos with this article at the southern area.  The following info is courteous of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Prairie Dogs, mother and child

The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus), is a rodent of the family sciuridae found in the Great Plains of North America from about the USA-Canada border to the USA-Mexico border. Unlike some other prairie dogs, these animals do not truly hibernate. The Black-tailed prairie dog can be seen above ground in midwinter. There is a report of a Black-tailed prairie dog town in Texas that covered 64,000 km2 (25,000 sq mi) and included 400,000,000 individuals. Prior to habitat destruction, this species was probably the most abundant prairie dog in central North America. This species was one of two described by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the journals and diaries of their expedition.

Black-tailed prairie dogs are generally tan in color, with a lighter colored belly. Their tail has a black tip on it, which is where their name is derived from. Adults can weigh from 1.5 to 3 lb (0.68 to 1.4 kg), males are typically heavier than females. Body length is normally from 14 to 17 in (36 to 43 cm), with a 3 to 4 in (7.6 to 10 cm) tail. They have small ears, but keen hearing, and small, dark eyes, with good vision.[citation needed]

Prairie Dog pup

Black-tailed prairie dogs are frequently exterminated from ranchland, being viewed as a pest. Their habitat has been fragmented, and their numbers have been greatly reduced. Additionally, black-tailed prairie dogs are remarkably susceptible to plague[2]. In 2006, 8 of 8 appearances of plague in black-tailed prairie dog colonies resulted in total colony extinction. Studies in 1961 estimated only 364,000 acres (1,470 km2) of occupied black-tailed prairie dog habitat in the United States. A second study in 2000 showed 676,000 acres (2,740 km2). However, a comprehensive study between 10 states and various tribes in 2004 estimated 1,842,000 acres (7,450 km2) in the United States, plus an additional 51,589 acres (208.77 km2) in Mexico and Canada. Based on the 2004 studies, the US Fish and Wildlife Service removed the black-tailed prairie dog from the Endangered Species Act Candidate Species List in August 2004.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the cute and comedic animals that exist at the park.  They are fun to watch and enjoy.