Scaled Quail (6) (1024x639)

Scaled Quail

I ran across these Scaled Quail at Fritch Fortress the other morning. Scaled Quail (or Blue Quail as they are called around here) aren’t as common in this area as the Bobwhites are and so I was happy to be able to get a few photos of them.  The morning was very overcast and so…

Surf Scoter, American Wigeon (3) (1024x675)

Friday Morning at Spring Canyon

I bird for several reasons.  I like the quiet of sitting in my truck or at a blind watching and waiting for the birds. Sometimes I sit and watch, sometimes I sit and think, sometimes I just sit. It’s a nice way to start the day. I also do a lot of walking as I…

Wood Duck (1024x684)

Overcast Morning at Thompson Park

My wife and I stopped by Thompson Park in Amarillo one morning in the last week of October. It was a dreary day that matched our mood and we wanted another quiet moment before facing the trials of the day. We had heard of a Western Grebe on the big pond at the park and we stopped…

Great Blue Heron (155) (1024x663)

Last Weeks of October

I didn’t get out much the last few weeks of October and the few times I did, the weather was not cooperative. Cloudy skies, rain, and wind kept my excursions short, but I did manage to bring home a few good shots.  The outing were a much needed opportunity to recharge after difficult days, both…

Red-tailed Hawk Juvenile (1024x656)

Fields and Playas

Yesterday I drove the back roads south of my home and ended up making a big loop through Borger, Panhandle, and the outskirts of Amarillo, checking out the playas and fields for birds. None of these places are really that great for photographing birds as they are all on private property and so I couldn’t…

Northern Bobwhite (27) (1024x723)

Ups and Downs

After a rough week at work (put is nearly 70 hours in 4 days) I finally got a chance to get out and bird this morning. I drove up to Palo Duro Lake north of Spearman, Texas and was able to  get a few nice photos of some Northern Bobwhites. It’s amazing what a couple…

White-crowned Sparrow (69) (1024x694)

New Arrivals, Migrants, and Lingerers

I’m starting to see more newly arrived winter birds and some migrants as well.  After an especially miserable Sunday at work (every time we had a call the truck we were in broke down. By the time I left at 0700 Monday morning we had one truck that was running, but you couldn’t shut it…

Great Blue Heron (153) (1024x628)

Fall Birds

I’m finally starting to see some waterfowl around Lake Meredith. Unfortunately, since the lake is up 20 feet from last year this time, it is nearly impossible to get good shots of them.  The current water level puts the south end of the lake (where most water birds like to stay because of the shallows…