More Photos from 2013

Here’s a few more photos from the last 5 or 6 weeks of 2013.  I failed my resolve to post more often. I could cite a number of reasons but they would just be rationalizations.   Basically, I’m just lazy and there are too many things to do instead of this.  I go out birding nearly every day and take a few photos, but rarely get around to processing them-mostly I just enjoy wandering around the lake.  I’ve also gotten pretty deep into brewing beer lately.   I’ve a room full of stouts, brown ales, English milds, pale ales, Belgian witt and saison, and smoked porter.  Let me know if you’re coming the the Texas Panhandle-we’ll go birding and then sit around the table and have a beer or two.

These were taken the last week of November and throughout December.

American Robins bathing

American Robin (16) (1024x622)

Wood Duck at Thompson Park in Amarillo

Wood Duck (13) (1024x684) Wood Duck (5) (1024x684)

White-crowned Sparrow juvenile (note the golden stripe on his head instead of white) watching me from a barbed-wire fence.

White-crowned Sparrow (56) (1024x652)

Meadowlark (probably Western but I’m never really 100% on the difference between Western and Eastern-we have both)

Western Meadowlark (39) (1024x613)

Swan Goose at Thompson Park in Amarillo.  Native to Eurasia, imported here for domestication.

Swan Goose (1024x612)

Song Sparrow, another of our winter sparrows

Song Sparrow (49) (1024x676)

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck (22) (1024x725) Ring-necked Duck (20) (1024x643)

Ring-billed Gulls

Ring-billed Gull (32) (1024x585) Ring-billed Gull (30) (1024x684)

Northern Shoveler- one of my favorite birds, how can you not love that huge bill.

Northern Shoveler (26) (1024x641) Northern Shoveler (24) (1024x691)

Mallard female

Mallard (7) (1024x684)


Lesser Scaup, although the light flashing off of  her wet bill makes it look a bit like a Ring-necked Duck female.

Lesser Scaup (40) (1024x646)

Green-winged Teal or maybe teenage mutant ninja ducks

Green-winged Teal (2) (1024x659)

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs (47) (1024x674)


Gadwall (17) (1024x696)

Common Merganser

Common Merganser (10) (1024x697) Common Merganser (8) (1024x669)

Cackling Goose

Cackling Goose (1024x678)

American Wigeon

American Wigeon (2) (1024x684)


Another winter sparrow, the American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow (8) (1024x648)


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