Migration is getting closer…..

I have been getting out and watching around for the fall arrivals.  Not too successful but did see the first Spotted Towhee of the fall out at San Angelo State Park.  We drove to Middle Concho Park and spotted two Pied-billed Grebes and a large flock of Black-crowned Night Herons.  I did not get any usuable photos of these because of the distance involved, so I will show you the two below from previous posts.  But it is a sign that migration is getting under way, albeit very late.

adult Black-crowned Night Heron

adult Black-crowned Night Heron – published in a previous post.

Spotted Towhee with an attitude.

Spotted Towhee with an attitude.  Published in a previous post.

Here are a few photographs I managed to get the past few days.

Common Nighthawk on mesquite brance at San Angelo State Park.

Common Nighthawk on mesquite branch at San Angelo State Park.

Northern Cardinal, female

Northern Cardinal, female

Yellow-crowned Nigh Heron at nearby K-Mart creek.

Yellow-crowned Nigh Heron at nearby K-Mart creek.

We can’t forget our four-footed friends.

White-tailed Deer at Spring Creek Park.

White-tailed Deer at Spring Creek Park.

Enjoy the pics until I get back with some more.  Click on any of them to see enlargements.

Another lucky day

Gosh, I seem to stumble into some great photo opportunites.  This morning on the way to the San Angelo State Park, we barely got three blocks from the house when Ann spotted a White-tailed deer; a doe and two fawns cavorting in a vacant lot near the Walmart.  This is actually not that un-common for that area because this location is very near the city limits, right where the brush and mesquite start.

The deer were on my right and I didn’t see them right away.  I whipped into an illegal U-turn to go back, and fortunately they had crossed the road and ended up on the right side of the street.  I slowly pulled to the curb, all the time praying that they would hang around for a few seconds more.  Luck was with me and I managed to snap off a few images through the passenger side window. 

White-tailed Deer with fawn

Yesterday, Ann, Jodie and I made a trip to the Hummer House down at Christoval, Texas.  They sell some of my work there and I had to check my inventory.  I was lucky to find that they were almost out of my note-cards so I replenished the stock.

We decided to hang around and shoot a few photos.  I let Jodie use my 500mm lens to try out.  I think she is getting the urge to buy one.  She says she thinks whe is ready to “run with the big boys”.  This is one of her photos of a Painted Bunting, and with this result I agree with her.

Painted Bunting

Yesterday afternoon, I finally got my copy of National Wildlife Magazine, and lo and behold my photo of the two Black-tailed Prairie Dogs was on the back cover.  I had been previously been told that it would be on one of the inner pages.  So, obviously I am excited about that.  It is the August-September issue.

Happy Birding! and click on either photo for an enlargement.

Donations keep pouring in……

Ah, the power of the blog……..  Since I ranted about the lack of donations by the members of the board of Friends of San Angelo State Park, a few other people have taken notice.  I would like to acknowledge Deb and Paul Tappan of Knoxville, Tennessee;  Mike Ziegler of Austin, Texas;  Jodie Wolslager and Jim Miller, both of San Angelo, Texas for their generous contributions, both monetarily and of bags of bird seed.  They are greatly appreciated this Christmas season.

Not much other news on the birding adventures around here.  I guess everyone, including myself, is busy doing holiday things.  I may find some time this afternoon to get my camera out of the bag, and look for some photo ops.

Hold on!   This just in.  As I write this Ann just walked in from doing grocery shopping.  She was all excited.  She said that she saw two White-tailed Deer just a block from our house.  Running down Southland Blvd near our home.  She estimated one was about an eight-point buck and the other a doe.

Happy Birding!!