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…

Black Terns

Last week I took shots of some easy to photograph American Avocets.  This morning’s subjects were much more difficult and I never did get a really good one, but here’s a few photos of a few a about 7 or 8 Black Terns that were feeding on insects over the large pond at Spring Canyon.…

Late April and Early May

Here’s a few pictures that I didn’t get around to posting from late April and the first part of May, before we took off for Missouri. All were photographed around Lake Meredith except for the Cedar Waxwing and the Red-tailed Hawk which was at Palo Duro Reservoir and the Dickcissels, White-faced Ibis, and Black-crowned Night-Heron…

Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees

While we were in southwestern Missouri visiting relatives a few weeks ago we took a day trip over to  Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Northeastern Oklahoma. My brother took us around the lake on his boat, my mom fixed us a picnic lunch, and I took photos. Here’s a few of them. Spotted Sandpiper…

Photo Dump

I haven’t been out birding or kayaking since last week. Work, weather, the holiday weekend, and getting vehicles ready to hit the road for a little vacation have kept me busy. We’re going to the mountains for a few days to hike, take pictures, and hit a few breweries. Here’s some more pictures from last…

Muddy Waters

I paddled to the southern end of Lake Meredith again a few mornings ago into what I think is the Canadian River channel. The reason I think it’s the channel is that the water changes into a reddish brown and seems to be slowly moving north.  I can only float about a mile up this…

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…

Brunch at Jim’s Lake

I drove out to Jim’s Lake this morning.  It’s a small private lake on the eastern side of Hutchinson Co. I hadn’t been there since May and although I have permission from the landowner I still feel a little uncomfortable there There are a couple of families that live around the lake and until last…

Terns

Last Monday (9/16/2013) was a very cloudy blustery day.  It had rained the night before and looked like it could start again any time, I didn’t really expect to see a lot of birds, but I drove out to the lake anyway, mainly just to see if it had risen any.  On a little sandbar…

Oops!

As hard as this may be to believe, I mis-IDed a bird!  In my last post I IDed a tern as a Forster’s Tern.  I see Forster’s terns here pretty regularly during migrations and I had seen a small flock of 6 or 8 the day before, not far from where I saw this pair…