Looking Up

If there is one thing COVID-19 cannot derail its bird migration. Spring migration is a time where birds travel south to north, from South America or South Texas to Montana, Wisconsin, or even Canada. Some birds stay behind longer than most, allowing me to photograph and record their gifted stay.

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Bird Photography Conjures The Best Memories

Image of an Orange-crowned Warbler at my suet feeder
Orange-crowned Warbler at my suet feeder

“Hey man! Love your stuff!” I messaged a most amazing photographer on Instagram. “Love your birds!” The Australian replied. “I’ve been showing your birds to my dad.” My soul basked in recognition.

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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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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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In the Sparrow’s backyard

Creek out in Haslet, Texas

I used to believe a sparrow was a bird frequenting residential feeders. Photographing more than ten different species of sparrow I now think otherwise. Nine of the ten sparrows I’ve observed inhabit a small creek right down the street from me. We all know what a house sparrow is. There may be a few you have yet to see.

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The Flooded Creek

Fall rains add to creek levels around my house making it ideal to bring out my 24-70mm and a few ND filters for long exposure photography. I decided to go out at sunset so I could capture some reds in my water shots.

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