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.Continue reading The many highs of living in Texas
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.
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.Continue reading NYC Birding Magic (Day 1 of 2)
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!Continue reading A Winter Rarity
I was still dabbling with photography walking around aimlessly with my new telephoto lens unsure its purpose when I photographed what I thought was a mockingbird. However, several key features were off. The beak was hooked like a hawk and the bird was perched on a tree. The bird was unwavering as I walked under the tree. It’s gaze fixated on barbed wire across the street. Something told me I had to investigate my original claim. This experience was new.
An impromptu trip to Denton Creek led to a few surprises
Today I ran from a bobcat.
My wife warned me last week when I told her of my plans to visit Denton Creek that bobcats were approaching walking paths, an unusual behavior due to the high waters. I shrugged off the story but did not go regardless. Yesterday, I had plans to shoot Cormorants at Twin Cove Park. Passed the park entrance and it was closed because of flooding. That’s when I made a U-Turn for Denton Creek, my favorite spot for songbirds. Continue reading Focus Interrupted
The first week of fall has not disappointed. I have identified three new warblers along with brand new common birds around my house. What brought them in? Rain. And lots of it! It rained nearly five inches the night before severely flooding most areas around my house. Below is some of the footage.