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…

Joie de Vivre

A friend and fellow birder told me that he had seen quite a few Blue-gray Gnatcatchers at Lake Meredith’s McBride Canyon yesterday, so I went out there this morning to see if I could get a few pictures of them. BGGNs are notoriously difficult to photograph, at least for me-they are pretty small and very…

Spring Arrivals

There’s been an influx of birds arriving for the summer these last two weeks, as well as a few migrants passing through. Scissor-tailed Flycatchers arrived last week, followed by Ash-throated Flyucatchers this week. Northern Mockingbirds are supposed to be year-round residents in the area, but I’ve never seen them in the winter. In the last…

A Few More Birds From May

Along with the Lingering Ducks and Shorebirds the last few weeks there has been an infusion of songbirds.  Leaves are finally out in spite of late frosts and drought, and there are green shoots rising through last year’s dead cattail beds at Spring Canyon, but the grass is still dormant everywhere except in well-watered lawns.…

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…

McBride Canyon

I spent a couple of hours at McBride Canyon this morning, walking down the gravel road and through the picnic areas and scaring a couple of campers (crazy old man with a camera must be a chainsaw massacrist or something,) but mostly just enjoying the beautiful morning.  It was cooler and the wind wasn’t so bad…