Eared Grebe

Here’s a few photos of an Eared Grebe fishing for breakfast at Spring Canyon a few days ago. The first day I saw it was very rainy and windy and the pictures didn’t turn out, but I went back the next morning and it was still there and I was able to get several nice…

Last of Last Year’s Photos

Here’s the last of the photographs from 2016. I’m finally getting caught up a bit. All photos were taken at Lake Meredith (unless otherwise noted) in late November and December. American Wigeon Blue-winged Teal Female Golden-fronted Woodpecker at Palo Duro Canyon Great Blue Heron American Coots Loggerhead Shrike Northern Cardinal at Palo Duro Canyon Osprey…

Time Flies

I just noticed that I haven’t posted anything in a month. I’m not sure why, I’ve been birding and photographing birds, and hiking and photographing birds, and kayaking and photographing birds, and sitting in the yard drinking beer and photographing birds, so I have several hundred pictures, but I only have gotten around to moving…

Great Gettin’ up Morning

I got up early this morning, loaded the kayak into the back of the truck in the dark and drove out to Lake Meredith in time to watch the sunrise from the middle of the lake. I could hear a couple of hunters in the cattails at the far southwestern end of the lake and I…

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…

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…

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…

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…

American White Pelican

It’s getting pretty late in the year for pelicans in the panhandle, but there are still a dozen or so out at the lake. I photographed these last week. The reddish-brown stains on the feathers are from the very muddy Canadian River that empties into Meredith right near where they are staying. Same for Ring-billed…

Clark’s Grebe

What a great day I’ve had! I got up early this morning, loaded the kayak into the truck and got onto the water by about 0700, paddled about 30 minutes and was able to get this shot of a receding storm.That right there (as we say in Texas) was enough to make it a pretty…