Black-chinned Hummingbirds

I spent a few days in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area a few weeks ago and on one of the mornings, I did a little hiking at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and took a few photos of some of the dozens of Black-chinned Hummingbirds that I saw there. Bonus: Chihuahuan Whip-tailed…

One Fine Morning

I got up early one morning last week and headed out to the lake. I had seen a Western Tanager pair at Bugbee the day before and was unable to get a photo of them then and I wanted to try again. Unfortunately, I did not come across the tanagers, but I did get some…

Burrowing Owls

I revisited the prairie dog town that I found on FM 2385 between Panhandle, Texas and White Deer, Texas this morning and was lucky enough to catch a few of the Burrowing Owls on the fence next to the highway.  This is a large colony of Black-tailed Prairie Dogs and around 15-20 Burrowing Owls that…

Lucky Shots

Last week was a pretty good one for getting photos of birds that I usually don’t even see, much less get photos of them. First was this Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Spring Canyon. My daughter and I heard him cuckooing and then he just flew into a nearby tree and I was able to get a…

Grebes

The southwestern end of lake Meredith was crawling with Western and Clark’s Grebes this morning. I took advantage of the beautiful weather and got the kayak out early and mad a 9-mile circuit around the SW part of the lake. It is only the second time I’ve had a chance to get out on the…

April at Lake Meredith

Here are a few photos from this morning at Lake Meredith. The weather initially was clear and calm, but it got cloudier as the morning passed and the photos of the gnatcatcher are a little flat because of the low light. I always feel very lucky to get photographs of these twitchy little guys. A…

A Bunch o’ Birds

Here are a few late winter and early spring photos from Lake Meredith and Palo Duro Canyon.   American Avocet American Pipit Black-crested Titmouse Black-necked Stilt Canada Goose Greater Yellowlegs White-crowned Sparrow Fox Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow juvenile Fox Sparrow Brown Thrasher Canyon Towhee White-crowned Sparrow Lincoln’s Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow juvenile Lincoln’s Sparrow Tree Swallow, Barn…

Winter catch-up

Here are some photos that I never got around to posting from the last few months. Most were taken at Palo Duro Canyon. Roufous-crowned Sparrow Northern Mockingbird Hermit Thrush Golden-fronted Woodpecker Ladder-backed Woodpecker female at Lake Meredith’s Spring Canyon. American Goldfinch at my feeders Dark-eyed Junco at my feeders. Northern Cardinal Black-crested Titmouse Fox Sparrow…

Tundra Swan

Lovely, intelligent daughter: “Is that a swan?” Dunderhead dad: “Nah, I’ve never seen swans around here.  Look at the Yellow-headed Blackbird.” Lovely, intelligent daughter: “Are you sure that’s not a swan?” Dunderhead dad: “Probably just a Snow Goose or Great Egret.” Lovely, intelligent daughter: “I think that’s a swan.” Dunderhead dad finally quits looking at…

Northern Goshawk

The very first thing I saw at the bird blind at Palo Duro Canyon this morning was a flurry of wings as the beautiful juvenile Northern Goshawk launched itself from the water feature to a tree branch about 10 meters from the blind.  He sat there for several minutes before flying off to the south.…