Of course, I could have said mid-November blues, but that sounds so discouraging. Again, our high record temperatures here in the San Angelo area, has kept the birding slow. The northern birds are reluctant to come this far south until the temps get down a bit. Fortunately, that time is coming next week. Unfortunately it took me the past two weeks to amass enough photographs for this post. The good news, fortunately I did get a nice collection to show you from our sporadic trips into the field.
Let’s see, my last post was on October 29. Sorry, folks, I didn’t mean to wait so long, but here we go. I am just going to post photos more or less in the order I got them. By the way, click on any of them to see some very nice enlargements.
On October 30 we took a little time, early in the morning, to run to Spring Creek Park. We had been watching for the Great Horned Owl that frequents the area. We almost missed him when he appeared in a nearly bare tree near the water. Of course, some little twigs almost got in the way. I think that he thought he was hidden.
Continuing along the water, we saw this Great Egret doing a little hunting of his own from a tree branch.
We didn’t get out again until November 3. This time we visited San Angelo State Park. The only usable image I captured then was this beautiful female Pyrrhuloxia.
On November 4 we ventured to Middle Concho Park. There I found this gorgeous Great Blue Heron just hanging out along the shore line. It was another beautiful day, just right for basking in the sun near Lake Nasworthy.
On the way home we spotted this Osprey high on a utility pole.
November 13 found us back at Spring Creek Park, where we happened to meet fellow birder, Randy Hesford. We were sitting under some trees eating a burrito and sipping coffee, when he drove up next to us. He had just spotted a Wood Duck and wanted to give us directions to where we could see it. I hadn’t seen one in the past couple of years, and I grabbed at the chance. All bird photographers have nemesis birds, birds that they have difficulty finding and getting good photos. This duck is one of my nemesis birds, and I was happy to get this photo. It wasn’t that easy,though. I had to leave my blind, aka my Ford Escape, and hike to the shoreline, hoping I wouldn’t spook him. Before getting out of my vehicle, I grabbed my other camera, another Canon 7D Mark II, only with a 100-400mm zoom lens. It is a lighter setup, easier to handle when I am walking.
We didn’t get back out to Spring Creek Park again until the 17th of November. We were searching for some Golden-crowned Kinglets that have been seen, but they eluded us. Instead I was fortunate to see three little Dark-eyed Juncos hopping among the branches of a tiny tree.
From there we decided to go over to Middle Concho Park. There, we spotted this red-shafted Norther Flicker high atop a tree.
We finished the day with this beautiful Western Bluebird.
I hope you enjoyed these photos from the past couple of weeks. With the exception of the Wood Duck, all other photos were with an identical Canon 7D Mark II and my Tamron 150-600mm lens. Incidentally, I have upgraded that lens to a second generation Tamron 150-600mm lens. It has some refinements over the original and I will be using it in the future.
So, until my next post, Happy Birding!!