White-faced Ibis

These White-faced Ibis were in a playa just north of the town of Panhandle, Texas a week or so ago. They’re called White-faced because they have a white line around the eye and face (the face turns red) during breeding season. They are nearly identical looking to another type of ibis called the Glossy Ibis but…

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…

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…

More Waders and Shorebirds

A few more photos of shorebirds and waders from around the panhandle I have a lot of trouble telling these apart from the Greater Yellowlegs, but I believe this bird is a Lesser Yellowlegs. The larger, out-of-focus bird is a female Northern Shoveler Spotted Sandpiper White-faced Ibis Cattle Egret Killdeer Snowy Egret Wilson’s Phalarope, Lesser Yellowlegs,…

White-faced Ibis

I came across these White-faced Ibis the other morning while driving through the farmlands north of Panhandle, Texas. This little playa has nearly dried up, but they seemed to really enjoy rooting through the mud. They certainly have the nose for it. They’re called White-faced Ibis because the adults lores (area lining the base of…

More Pictures from the Playas

The playas and fields around here seem to have the most bird action right now, what with the corn being harvested and the milo harvest about to start. Here’s a few shots from earlier in the week. Black-crowned Night-Heron Black-crowned Night-Heron and White-faced Ibis. American Coot Ruddy Duck

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…

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-…

Peregrine Falcon

I saw a juvenile Peregrine Falcon earlier this week at the lake.  It’s a first for me. Swainson’s Hawk.  I can’t wait until the corn and milo harvest.  The combines clear the fields and disturb the mice and voles and Swainson’s and Red-tailed Hawks  follow the combines and feast. Cattle Egret.  60 or more of…