Fall Colors

You may have heard that there aren’t a lot of  trees in the Texas Panhandle and most of the ones we do have don’t really change color in the fall; it’s more like the burnt leaves of late summer finally just give up an fall off.    A lot of Chinese Elms were planted in…

Palo Duro Reservoir

Birding in Hutchinson County has been a little slow the last week or two, so today I drove north to Palo Duro Reservoir in Hansford County, about an hour’s drive from my home.  The reservoir was created by a dam across Palo Duro Creek. It isn’t part of the much larger Palo Duro Canyon that…

Anniversary

I took my first bird photo on June 13, 2011.  Those of you that have been following me from the beginning (all three of you) know that those first pics were taken with a Kodak Easyshare that I borrowed from my daughter.  A few months later a bought a Canon Rebel T3 and then, last…

Froggy Morning

When my oldest daughter, now in her mid 20’s, was 2 or 3 years old I would get her up from her bed in the mornings and we would stand at the front door looking out at the promise of the new day as we packed away the night.  One morning we opened the door…

Birdwatcher, Birder, Twitcher

Just in case anyone is interested I listed my 81st species today, a Canvasback. I also was able to get a pretty nice shot, finally, of the Belted Kingfisher that is wintering at the `Stillin’ Basin at Spring Canyon. I didn’t know it, but there are categories of birdwatchers, or birders.  Birdwatchers pursue the hobby…