Bluebirds and Buntings

I cut a pretty wide swath through the central panhandle in the last week, from Palo Duro Canyon in Randall Co. to Palo Duro Lake in Hansford Co. with Lake Meredith and a few fields and playas in between. I’ve already posted the photos from the Canyon. Here’s a few more from some of the…

Birding and Kayaking

I finally got the nerve up to take my camera out with me on the kayak. A few days ago I bought a water-proof bag large enough to put it and the 500mm lens into, and this morning I packed everything up and headed for the lake. I’ve been exploring the south end of the…

Last Week at Palo Duro Lake

I drove up to Palo Duro Lake last week. It’s a small lake about an hour north of my home and is a pretty good birding site. Here’s a few of the pictures I took up there. Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker Mississippi Kite Juvenile Mississippi Kite Female Bullock’s Oriole Female Painted Bunting Lark Sparrow Turkey Vultures…

Mid-summer in the Texas Panhandle

Here’s a few photos of birds I’ve seen over the last couple of weeks. It’s mostly just the old stand-bys, but there were a couple of surprises. Red-headed Woodpecker at Lake Meredith’s Bugbee Shores. Wilson’s Phalarope at a playa near Panhandle, Texas. One of the surprises-a Dowitcher, but I’m not sure if it’s a long-…

It’s a Small World

In my wanderings over the past few weeks I’ve come across a few youngsters out exploring their world. They edge further and further from mom as they grow bolder, nervously glancing around, always ready to bolt to maternal safely at the slightest sound or movement. I thought you might enjoy a few photos of the next…

Catching Up

OK, I admit it, I’m not doing a very good job at keeping this blog up to date.  It’s just that, well, it’s summer, you know. And not just summer, but one of the nicest summers we’ve had in a while.  Summers over the last decade or so have been miserable affairs. They’ve been hot…

A Few Miscellaneous Photos From Late Spring

I’ve been pretty busy at work the last month or so and haven’t posted much. I have been birding, though and so here are a few photos. The best areas for birding in the last month or so have been the farms and pastures north and south of us. The playa lakes are full and…

Photos from Early May

Here’s a few photographs from earlier in May that I haven’t gotten around to posting. May has been an interesting month with lots of rain and much cooler than normal temps.The lake is rising (up to 46.77 today from 26.5 36 months ago) and the countryside is greener than I’ve seen in quite a while.…

Horned Lark

Here’s another bird from my tours of the farmlands around the northern Texas Panhandle-a Horned Lark.

Playas

Earlier this week we had 4 inches of rain fall in about 30 hours and some of the playa lakes in the area that have been dry for over a year finally have a little water in them. It didn’t take the birds long to find them and I was able to get some nice photos,…