Backyard Birding – Mineral Wells Texas

Sometimes it pays to bird in your ‘backyard.’ As people, we tend to take for granted what is in our proverbial backyard. We tend to think that travelling to other counties and states will yield ‘better’ birds. In some cases and seasons this is true. Yesterday, I stayed local and discovered a world of beauty and majestic wonder right here in my hometown. Birding Mineral Wells, Texas, Fort Wolters, and the local state park yielded some nice finds. Here are a few of the 20 plus species that I located yesterday.

Bewick-Wren

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Taken: 27 June, 2015
  • Focal length: 600mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600s

Young Northern Mockingbird

  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Taken: 27 June, 2015
  • Focal length: 600mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/1250s

Painted Bunting - Male

  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Taken: 27 June, 2015
  • Focal length: 600mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s

Bewick-Wren

Chickadee

  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Taken: 27 June, 2015
  • Focal length: 600mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s

Common Nighthawk

Northern Cardinal

  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Taken: 27 June, 2015
  • Focal length: 600mm
  • ISO: 2000
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

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