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Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Black headed diving duck seen at the dry beds in Arlington, Texas. This Lesser Scaup was a hard catch as he kept diving under and moving away from us. I finally snagged a quick shot. =) Another bird goes down. Literally! Not quite sure what the count is on the year but we added several today. Guess I need to move to the coast now and catch a Greater since they prefer saltwater.

Lesser Scaup
Lesser Scaup
American White Pelicans are fuzzy

American White Pelicans on Mineral Wells Lake

North Texas and America White Pelicans – some pretty cool winter migratory birds… really cool on this particular day… 19 degrees, but whose counting.

American White Pelican Takeoff
American White Pelican Takeoff
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 29 December, 2012
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s

That takeoff is really neat. The landing is where it is at! Have you seen a Pelican land, they do not need a boat to waterski or a boat.

American White Pelican
American White Pelican
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 29 December, 2012
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500s

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

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher in Mesquite tree

Scissor-Tail Flycatcher

Birding can be done anytime, anywhere. Just have your camera ready and listen. It was a work day when I caught these guys. I arrived early to work and went to a nearby field to watch a doe with two fawns bouncing around. The deer quickly tired of my company, so I started looking up and about. A Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher and Western Kingbird where having “words” over who had permission to squat on a wire and a tree just below.

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is nearly unmistakable with its long forked tail and salmon-pink belly. The Flycatcher is plentiful in our area of the county making it an easy find. It was one of my first checks on the Region 2 birding list for Palo Pinto County.

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 30 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 137.4mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher Song
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher Song
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 24 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/550s

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.

Kite_Eye

Mississippi Kite

Well, it is official, I am an avid bird watcher. It is mostly due to this graceful, long-winged raptor called the Mississippi Kite. It was a bright, sunny mid-morning walk. There was a loud ruckus in the tree a few yards down. This fairly large raptor flew out carrying “something.” Still not sure what. A neighborhood lady told me that it was a Chicken Hawk. No offense, but feeling like she was probably not a strong source for bird information, I sent out a few pictures. It was discovered to be a Mississippi Kite. The Kite has long, narrow, pointed wings, and a long black tail. The head is a white to pearly grey with a body that is a darker gray.

During that walk ( as discussed on my Western Kingbird post), this Kite was seen dive bombing Western Kingbirds. It was amazing to watch and my first experience at actually “following birds.” For the past three or four weeks, I have been watching this one, become two. Now, there are four in my neighborhood plus a fledgling. All four adults hunt everyday, gliding over my house in search of cicadas. One day I follow one of the Kites carrying a really long “worm” or small snake. I watched it disappear into a tree. There, about 25 feet off the ground is the nest. A fuzzy white head is clearly visible over the edge of the nest while it glares down at me. With three adults circling overhead and one in the tree; I made haste out of the area. Not that I am really worried about being attacked (maybe a little) by a bird; it was that I did not want to upset the site. The raptors are still in the immediate area circling over Northwest Mineral Wells, Texas. Thanks to Jim Peterson of Texas Bird Images and North Central Texas birds for helping me with the identification.

Updated with new photo on June 29th, 2012.

Mississippi Kite
The Mississippi Kite
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 2 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/210s

Kite Warning
Kite Warning
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 24 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/750s