Fall at Lake Meredith

So, it’s been 3 weeks since my last post. I have a ton of photos but I just don’t seem to be able to make myself edit them and post them as often as I should. Here’s a few from Lake Meredith taken over the last few weeks. I have quite a few more from…

Scaled Quail

I ran across these Scaled Quail at Fritch Fortress the other morning. Scaled Quail (or Blue Quail as they are called around here) aren’t as common in this area as the Bobwhites are and so I was happy to be able to get a few photos of them.  The morning was very overcast and so…

Waterfowl

Here’s a few photos of some of the late winter waterfowl I’ve seen in the last week or so. Redheads and Lesser Scaups at Spring Canyon. American Wigeons at Thompson Park in Amarillo Mallards and a hybrid Mallard or Manky Duck.  The hybrid is possibly a cross between an Mallard (note the curly tail feathers…

More Photos from 2013

Here’s a few more photos from the last 5 or 6 weeks of 2013.  I failed my resolve to post more often. I could cite a number of reasons but they would just be rationalizations.   Basically, I’m just lazy and there are too many things to do instead of this.  I go out birding…

Battle Ducks

Spring has sprung, although it’s still a bit schizo in Hutchinson County.  In the last week we’ve had 96 kph winds, snow, sleet, rain, hail, sunshine, and temps between -4° C and 25°C; a typical spring in the Texas Panhandle.  All the birds are in full breeding dress and the males are duking it out for…

Winter at Spring Canyon

Spring Canyon is my favorite place to take pictures in Hutchinson County for several reasons.  It’s easy to get to and even in the summer it’s not crowded in the early morning.  It well protected from winds from the southwest (our prevailing wind source in the summer) and the north (prevailing wind source in the…

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…

Dry Spell

The last two months have been even drier than the regular drought around here.  Lake Meredith is below 29 ft and getting lower daily.  The playa near Panhandle is gone as well and so birding has been a little dry lately.  The dried weeds around Meredith and Palo Duro Reservoir north of us host hundreds…

Autumn Afternoon

I rarely bird in the afternoon;  birds are more active in the morning and evening and I like the long shadows and softer light of the mornings and evenings when I take pictures.  I was unable to get out yesterday morning, though, so I dropped by Spring Canyon after my obligations were met.  It was…