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Desi and Haworth

Birding Friends

Friends gather for this and friends gather for that but one of the more fun gatherings that I attend are birding adventures. No-one will be dancing naked on the table (as of yet), and instead of shot glasses, most wear eye glasses. Some carry binoculars, some carry Nikons or Canons, while others carry nothing but a pencil and paper. My wife Desi is an “other.” She carries a pail and looks for fossils. Her keen eyes have helped locate many a bird but her desire is the discovery of something ancient and mostly buried. Gill, Haworth, Desi and I had a great time mucking about the lake in the pre-dawn hours. Here are a few photos of the birds and a few of us. I do love our adventures.

Night Heron
Night Heron
  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s

The group trekked to Benbrook lake in Southwest Fort Worth, Texas and bumped into several birds that were not expected. Green-Backed Herons and Northern Flickers to name two. I cannot help but feel that it is going to be an early Winter. HOPEFULLY! Other birds would include a Little Blue, a Great Blue, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, American Crow, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Sandpipers, Killdeer, Night Heron and a few others. We watched this Night Heron (pictured above) for a good fifteen minutes. The Heron was sitting in the top of a three foot bush at the edge of the woods. Pluck, pluck, plucking.

Turtles Below
Turtles Below
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s

For the record, Not all of the captures were taken at Benbrook lake. Some where test shots featuring a plant and a Grackle. New lens need to be tested. Grackles… LOL! Wal-Mart birds. So hated around here but I find them so entertaining. A couple photos were taken on the trip home (like the one above). We stopped at Holland Lake in Weatherford, Texas searching for a fictitious Alligator.

Desi and Haworth
Desi and Haworth
  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

Gill doing her thing
Gill doing her thing
  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/1600s

Here are a couple of classic moments at the lake! I can still feel the serenity experienced at the time of the photos. An Egret fishing and turtles taking in the sun.

Egret Fishing
Egret Fishing
  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s

Turtle Turtle Turtle
Turtle Turtle Turtle
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s

Cattle and Snowy Egrets in Cool, Texas

Egrets in Cool, TX

Coming back from the Parker County Peach Festival, Desi and I detoured through Cool, Texas. There was a stock pond left roadside that was being visited by several Cattle Egrets and a couple of Snowy Egrets. Goats and a single Llama stood close-by and watched over the watering hole.

Cattle Egrets are small white herons, the Cattle Egret is more at home foraging in grass than in water but these were found right by the water and flying overhead. There were several Snowy Egrets mixed in with the flocks. The Snowy Egret is found in small ponds around Palo Pinto county as well as at the lake. Its black legs and yellow feet quickly identify it.

More photos available from our trip to Possum Kingdom lake.

Cattle Egret in Cool, Texas
Cattle Egret in Cool, Texas
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 14 July, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

Cattle Egret in Cool, Texas
Cattle Egret in Cool, Texas
  • Aperture: ƒ/6.4
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 14 July, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/350s

Cattle Egret in flight south of Possum Kingdom lake

Snowy and Cattle Egrets

Desi and I took a short road trip to Possum Kingdom. Large white birds where scattered along the back of the fish hatchery just south of the dam and Possum Kingdom Lake. Cattle Egrets are small white herons, the Cattle Egret is more at home foraging in grass than in water but these were found right by the water and flying overhead. There were several Snowy Egrets mixed in with the flocks. The Snowy Egret is found in small ponds around Palo Pinto county as well as at the lake. Its black legs and yellow feet quickly identify it.

More photos available from our detour to Cool, Texas.