The many highs of living in Texas

A large winter blast was bound for Texas Friday. During the day there was a light drizzle facilitating cool moody conditions for video and bird photography. Birds do the craziest things on and around feeders in rain. Street lamps safe to perch on when dry become hazardous slippery objects when wet. The most adaptive figure how to cope. Adverse conditions also allow me to practice for variable situations come spring.

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Wintery Birding Wonderland

Today is the day I will be championing my front and backyard. Last year I had traveled far and wide in North Texas in pursuit for bird diversity. Winter has changed my tune. My wife and I set out to reconfigure our front and backyards this past summer hoping to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. I had no idea adding new bird feeders we received for Christmas would make our yard the envy of the entire neighborhood.

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A 30 minute walk…10 minute shoot

I try to walk my normal route everyday at my lunch break no matter the weather, heat, or cold. Consistently counting helps you identify trends in your local area. Why are trends so important? When you are able to predict what is going on in your surroundings you can go out and photograph with better results.

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The shot of the year (Day 2 & 3 of 3)

“Got cheesecake?” I asked the waiter at a swank wine bar.

“All we have are Greek yogurts. They are kind of sweet…”. His accent was a cross between Mediterranean and New Yorker. Part of me thought it was fake to add to the mystique of the establishment. Regardless, I’m no fan of yogurt. I believe it has something to do with texture. Continue reading The shot of the year (Day 2 & 3 of 3)

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NYC Birding Magic (Day 1 of 2)

An old man approaches me wearing a twenty year old suit jacket with binoculars around his neck. He looked to be in his eighties. I had already photographed pigeons, ducks, blue jays, cardinals, catbirds, robins, starlings, and my first wood thrushes.

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I came, I saw, I birded

The first week of May usually means peek spring migration. My goal was to observe spring migration this year feeling as if I missed spring migration of 2018 and having had such a fantastic time birding during fall migration last year.

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Nature through the lens

Birds never turn to strike a pose when you want them to. Sunsets never stand out when a branch is in the way. I can’t control my subject matter most of the time, but wish I could. I am forced to be patient.

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Creek Thoughts

I never felt compelled to study birds living on a ranch with horses and chickens.  As a matter of fact, I never really looked up or sadly cared to listen.  Technology was in its infancy.  It was almost as if every single day someone somewhere was creating a new way of doing something.  I had to be apart of whatever “this” was.  Most of my generation did.

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A Winter Rarity

There isn’t much to see at my house feeders during winter besides the usual Texas suspects — house finches, starlings, cowbirds, and the like. A recent cold front does bring with it a visitor or two. All one has to do is have the wherewithal to get out of bed in the middle of a cold drizzle and drive miles to the middle of nowhere. Last year I decided to have my global big day at Denton Creek as a way to force me to get the lay of the land. I counted twenty-three unique species that day. If the weather were to bring anything special with feathers, Denton Creek is an ideal spot to observe. Denton Creek’s trails are ideal for mountain bikers. When it rains, it’s known for birding. I was up to the task!

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