Okay, it is starting to get hot down here in San Angelo. I should have seen it coming. After all, I have lived here for about 55 years. But, to be truthful, I wouldn’t live anywhere else. This is a city of over 100,000 that has everything a person would need. A beautiful river runs through the town and we have three nearby lakes. Great parks where I tend to do most of my birding and photography. Sure it gets warm in the summer, but with our low humidity it is bearable. I will say this, today is June 14, and we haven’t recorded our first 100° day yet. But the day isn’ t over so today might be the day.
But as for the birding, this is the time of the year that if you don’t get out in the morning, you are missing the best part of the day. In the afternoon, windless and warm, the birds like to lay around the house, too. That is not to say that I don’t try. But most of the time we are back home by noon. Then I sit down at the computer and edit the morning’s catch. And that includes throwing out hundreds of baddies, blurred or I some I just really don’t like. If I shoot 200 images and get five keepers, I am a happy man.
On that note, here are a few images that I have gotten the past few days.
This White-eyed Vireo was one that almost got tossed. He was in the dark brush and I had to up the ISO on the camera and that produced quite a bit of noise (grain). But I liked the pose with that bit of an insect in the beak.
There are a lot of the Western Kingbirds around here now. They don’t seem to mind the heat.
Driving through San Angelo State Park, it seemed that we were always hearing the Northern Bobwhites, no matter what our location in the park.
We were driving around Twin Buttes reservoir the next day, and low and behold we saw the same two species again. You guessed it, another Western Kingbird and a Northern Bobwhite.
However, in addition, after hearing a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the trees and after some searching, I got this photo. The bird has a delicious katydid in it’s beak.
I will finish this post with this photograph of an Ash-throated Flycatcher. Not the greatest image as he was pretty far away. I got my long lens on him and snapped anyway.
So that’s it for this time. I hope you enjoyed the photos. Click on any of them to see some nice enlargements, especially if you are viewing them on a computer. I don’t know how that works on an iPhone.