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180

I posted my 180th bird sighting for the year today, my best year ever and it’s only 2/3rds gone.  My previous best was 171 back in 2013 and that year we took trips to the coast and to Missouri to see birds (okay, my parents live in Missouri,) and we didn’t get to the coast…

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Birds, Boats, and Beautiful Weather

We’ve had a rather dry summer so far this year, a return to the drought of the last decade or so, only not quite as bad as it was before. We were fortunate to have a really wet summer last year and our local lake went from nearly gone to about 25% capacity.  It’s still…

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Sittin’ in the Yard Drinking Beer

Today was a beautifully mild summer day, a real treat from the blazing hot, dry summer we’ve had so far. It rained last night and was cloudy most of today with a high temp around 90. I took advantage of the weather and went kayaking this morning and mowed this afternoon. After mowing I sat…

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Black Terns

Last week I took shots of some easy to photograph American Avocets.  This morning’s subjects were much more difficult and I never did get a really good one, but here’s a few photos of a few a about 7 or 8 Black Terns that were feeding on insects over the large pond at Spring Canyon.…

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American Avocet

I saw these American Avocets this morning while kayaking at Lake Meredith. I highly recommend buying a kayak if you want to take photographs of water fowl and shorebirds, it changes your perspective 180 degrees and gets you down on the level of the birds on the water.  The birds are a little skittish when…

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More Photos from the Last Week of July

Canyon Towhees at Palo Duro State Park south of Amarillo White-faced Ibis at Lake Meredith Northern Mockingbird at Palo Duro Reservoir north of Spearman Eastern Kingbird at Palo Duro Reservoir Mississippi Kite Western Grebe at Lake Meredith Clark’s Grebe chick Great Blue Herons and Ring-billed Gulls at Lake Meredith Cattle Egrets at Meredith Grasshopper Sparrows…

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Belted Kingfisher

It’s been a good week for kayaking and I’m getting more and more comfortable taking my camera out with the new boat. I’ ve made about 18 miles around Lake Meredith in the last few days and have gotten some good pictures in the process, including this Belted Kingfisher.

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Clark’s and Western Grebes

I went paddling again this morning on Lake Meredith.  The new kayak, a Riot Edge, isn’t as steady or roomy as the Heritage Angler I have and so I’ve been a little reluctant to take the camera out with me, but I finally built up the nerve to do it today and was happy that…

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Cattle and Snowy Egrets

There’s an stampede of egrets at the south end of Lake Meredith, mostly Cattle Egrets, but there are a couple of Snowy Egrets as well. Most of them are sitting nests right now. They are in a clump of salt cedar that is only accessable by kayak or canoe and it is difficult to get an…