Our bird outings and walk-a-abouts in the neighborhood. The stories of our travels, trips and adventures.
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 […]
Always check your fence lines when moving down a dirt road. Never know what you might find. Took these today in Valier and Williamson Park just south of Shelby. Post by Eclectic Art of Nature. Aperture: ƒ/8 Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i Taken: 13 April, 2014 Focal length: 300mm ISO: 200 Shutter speed: 1/350s
A couple of weeks ago (03/29/14) Lake Francis had record numbers of Snow Geese. It can get tricky trying to photograph such large numbers with 600mm. I finally gave up on close-ups due to all the movement. Here is what I ended up with… the photos do not do it justice. The sound was extreme […]
Rough-legged Hawk, Dark-eyed Junco and Ring-billed gull… can you guess which is which? That is of course meant tongue in cheek. We finally got a shot of a Rough-legged Hawk without a fence barring my lens. The Junco was taken last October through the window. Braving a very frosty day. This common Ring-billed gull was […]
Sprinter is in the air here in Montana… Texas is already hot and we are missing it… still getting nipped with snow and heavy winds here in Shelby. That does not seem to bother the birds much. They are causing a huge raucous trying to get the attention of a female. Desi and I took […]
Pintails were thick today. They darkened the skies at moments. These photos were shot at close to Lake Francis in Valier, Montana. Post by Eclectic Art of Nature.
VIRTUAL BIRDING 15 – This gallery consist of 15 birds. Four are “gimme’s” consisting of commons in several states. Three sparrow photos are the same bird. The rest of the 15 may be tough if you are not familiar with Montana birds, which we are not. Feel free to post your answers below. 3, 4, […]
This youngster split its time between hollering for mom and falling asleep. Never once moved. We kept a respectful distance. Mom was off catching food while daddy sit up above keeping a close watch. Palo Pinto, Texas. Aperture: ƒ/7.1 Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i Taken: 3 May, 2013 Focal length: 300mm ISO: 400 Shutter speed: […]
Spotted Sanpiper behavior is pretty peculiar. Take a quick look at the video. Aperture: ƒ/10 Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i Taken: 21 April, 2013 Focal length: 300mm ISO: 400 Shutter speed: 1/640s
Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i Taken: 29 April, 2013 Focal length: 300mm ISO: 400 Shutter speed: 1/320s
Have you ever been hanging out somewhere and heard several birds singing away… Was there only one ordinary look bird within view? It was probably a Mockingbird. To this day, it is still one of my personal favorites. We found this particular Mocker on our Oklahoma trip. Beautiful bird. Kind of a grey looking bird […]
Palo Pinto Mt. State Park Site – initial visit took place on 16 Feb 2013. The team spent its initial visit learning the region. Previously reported, We did spy 22 species of birds and lots of pig track. It is that time of month again and we are going back in for another count. If […]
The Sunday Counts… I hit three areas. Mineral Wells City park, Mi Casa, and the Lake Mineral Wells State Park. I counted the state park both days. Posted a few captures at the end. My favorite part of this count had to be the RB Woodpecker versus European Starling EPIC BATTLE. Several photos were taken […]
Our group ventured west to check out the Palo Pinto Mountain site. I am so ready for a new state park. The location is beautiful. We had two objectives: 1. Count area for GBBC. 2. Inventory area for Texas Park and Wildlife. Strong start. Early morning proved successful for bird activity on the plateau to […]
The winter in Palo Pinto county is slowly coming to a close. We missed a lot of the hard stuff. It was a bitter sweet victory. Missing the white stuff and most of the hard freezes; means a surplus of bugs for the upcoming camping season. Good for the birds, not so good for the […]