As we do each year at this time, we get to thinking about traveling. So, next Monday, January 30, we are going to make another trip out to the Big Bend area of Texas. Essentially, it will be to Big Bend National Park, but we will also be taking in some of the surrounding sights. We’ll see the ghost town of Terlingua, parts of the huge Big Bend Ranch State Park, and travel one of the most scenic drives in the country: the El Camino Del Rio, (the river road) from Lajitas to Presidio, Texas. We will have four days of scenic photography and birding. I should come home with plenty of material for a future blog post.
Of course, most of you know that we have already made numerous trips to that area. Sometimes, we go to the Davis Mountains, which lies just north of our current destination. I am sure we will be returning there in a few months, too. But, this time, we will be staying again at the Casitas at Far Flung Outdoor Center, located in Study Butte, just down the highway from the ghost town.
Our birding destinations will be in Big Bend National Park. Favorite spots include the Sam Nail Ranch, Cottonwood Campground, Rio Grand Village RV campground, Dugout Wells and the Chisos Mountains. We hope to add many birds to our 2017 list. Our goal again is 210. To date we are at 100 even.
Here are a few more photographs more photos that I have captured this month. Click any image to see an enlargement.
I photographed this Osprey on New Year’s Day. A nice way to start the year.
Osprey – 1/1250 @ f6.3, _0.3 EV, ISO 1000
The Common Yellowthroat is a shy, tiny, elusive, colorful little bird that likes to hangout in swampy reeds, etc. He only makes an appearance whenever he darned well pleases, and that is not very often. It took Ann and I several mornings, of getting to the location where was last sighted, then just watched and waited. When he showed I was ready and he was out for only about one minute, then he was back in his hidey-hole once again.
Common Yellowthroat – 1/800 sec. @ f6.3, +0.3 EV, ISO 400.
I believe I photographed this Vesper Sparrow at San Angelo State Park.
Vesper Sparrow – 1/640 sec. @ f6.3, +0.3 EV, ISO 500
Just before the entrance to Middle Concho Park, there is a small pond surround by cattails and reeds. Most of the time it is empty of birds, save an occasional heron, but this time there was a male and female Hooded Merganzer swimming casually around.
Hooded Merganzer – 1/1000 sec. @ f7.1, -0.3 EV, ISO 250.
The female is a pretty little thing, too.
Hooded Merganzer – female – 1/2000 sec. @ f6.3 -0,3 EV, ISO 200.
This Fox Sparrow dropped by for a drink from a puddle of water in Spring Creek Park.
Fox Sparrow – 1/800 sec. @ f6.3, -0.3 EV, ISO 250.
The wind was getting up a little when I photographed this Great Egret, just hanging out.
Great Egret – 1/1250 sec. @ f7.1, +0.7 EV, ISO 400
I do believe that is it for this post. It is most likely my last until I return from our vacation and February 3, unless I can squeeze a little quicky before we leave. But I will mention, as it nears Valentine’s day, I would appreciate it if you would consider the many gifts in my (click) FineArtAmerica store. If you love my photography, whether it be birds, beautiful landscapes or flowers check it out, you can find decor, useful items, or photographic prints. You can also click the link under Bob’s Galleries in the sidebar. Thank you.