Photography

These are my outings to find and photograph birds. Sometimes I throw in flowers. Occasionally I’ve included tidbits I’ve learned about photography… but beware, I’m a complete novice with both birds and cameras, so let me know if you find an error.

Pelicans at Texas City Dike ~ On a heavily overcast day, I spent time with a few pelicans along the Texas City Dike.

October 14, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Return of the Hummers ~ Hummingbirds migrating south for the winter create their own fall festival.

September 25, 2021 ~ [Read More]

An Evening for Night Herons ~ As shadows descend, at least one species is still hard at work hunting.

August 3, 2021 ~ [Read More]

A Green Summer Afternoon ~ The intense green of summer is still with us, and this juvenile fits right in.

July 22, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Endearing In-Betweens ~ That awkward age, all feet and elbows, tugs at my heartstrings.

July 12, 2021 ~ [Read More]

A Day with Yellow-crowned Night-herons ~ I saw at least five of these quiet herons in various settings at Brazos Bend State Park.

June 22, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Fourth of July Boomers~ I celebrated America’s independence on the Fourth of July by hearing some reverberating booms.

July 4, 2021 ~ [Read More]

3500 Mile Adventure – Lake Texoma ~ This is the last of five posts covering our continuing 3500-mile trip; this time we visit Lake Texoma, along the Red River on the Texas-Oklahoma border.

May 28, 29 and 30, 2021 ~ [Read More]

3500 Mile Adventure – Far Western Nebraska ~ This is the fourth of five posts covering our continuing 3500-mile trip through Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma; this time we visit far western Nebraska.

May 24 and 25, 2021 ~ [Read More]

3500 Mile Adventure – San Luis Valley, CO ~ This is part 3 of 5 covering our trip; this time we visit the San Luis Valley, in Colorado.

May 19, 20 and 21, 2021 ~ [Read More]

3500 Mile Adventure – North Sterling Reservoir, CO ~ This is part 2 of 5 covering our continuing 3500-mile trip through Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma; this time we visit North Sterling Reservoir.

May 17 and 18, 2021 ~ [Read More]

3500 Mile Adventure – Lathrop State Park, CO ~ This part 1 of 5 begins the tale of our 3500-mile trip through Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

May 12 and 13, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Jewels at the Emporium ~ What better way to spend the day than surrounded by brilliant color and fresh air. This garden is just the ticket.

May 7, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Sunny San Bernard NWR ~ Intense pure unfiltered sunlight makes bird photography difficult, but the day was too gorgeous to spend indoors.

May 5, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Visiting Two Rookeries ~ A rookery is a great place to observe birds interacting, since they are restricted by the needs of their nests to a small area. On this day I visited two!

April 27, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Spring Migration Happiness ~ Cold temperatures and winds from the north combined to create a fall-out of migratory birds. I saw them in Quintana, Texas.

April 20 and 22, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Downy Détente ~ The peaceful calm of a spring day was punctuated by a silent battle for territory.

April 6, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Discovering Shorebirds – and More ~ My photo tour with a bird guide continued through the afternoon, and I was surprised many times over.

March 29, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Songbirds of Spring ~ Warblers and other songbirds are singing their hearts out; it is definitely spring along the upper Texas Gulf Coast.

March 29, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Spectacular Spoonies ~ These wonderful birds bring a welcome splash of color to our gray pre-spring days.

March 24, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Great Egrets Begin Nest Building ~ The day was cloudy with occasional light drizzles, perfect for photographing white birds. And boy, did I see some white birds!

March 5, 2021 ~ [Read More]

The Joys of Cullinan Park ~ I had a great visit to little Cullinan Park, in Sugarland Texas.

February 23, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Little Birds ~ Little birds provide an extra photographic challenge – you have to get close, and you have to be quick!

February 9, 2021 ~ [Read More]

Two Herons at Brazos Bend ~ Gray winter days are always wonderful, when you can see two different species of colorful herons.

January 28, 2021 ~ [Read More]

The Elusive Northern Harrier ~ The Northern Harrier is notoriously difficult to photograph, but I got to see one up close at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.

January 16, 2021 ~ [Read More]

One Bright and Shining Day ~ A chilly day of sunshine made both me and the birds happy, out at Brazos Bend State Park.

January 10, 2021 ~ [Read More]

A Unique Hunter – The Osprey ~ A warm, sunny and breezy day found me back out at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, where I was introduced to a unique member of the bird world. [Read More]

Cormorants Consider Nesting ~ We think of the early spring being the breeding season, but Neotropical Cormorants have their own ideas. I went to Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary at High Island, Texas to see what all the fuss was about. [Read More]

A Bald Eagle Soars Over Anahuac ~ It was a thrill to see this majestic, iconic bird hunting over the open ponds. [Read More]

Trip to the Rockies – Embudo, New Mexico ~ The last leg of our 3-week road trip through the Rocky Mountains included a stay in the tiny community of Embudo, New Mexico. Enjoying the antics of birds around water is always fun.  [Read More]

Trip to the Rockies – Escalante Canyon ~ We found some amazing animals! This is post 3 of 4, covering our exploration of the Escalante National Conservation Area in western Colorado.  [Read More]

Trip to the Rockies – Western Colorado ~ This continues our 2600-mile road trip. This post is Part 2 of 4, covering explorations on the western side of Colorado.  [Read More]

Trip to the Rockies – Eastern Colorado ~ We are off on a 2600-mile road trip! This post is Part 1 of 4, covering our time on the prairies of eastern Colorado. [Read More]

Quick Trip to Quintana ~ With a hurricane building in the Gulf, Quintana and Surfside Texas offered quick opportunities to dash out and see birds close up. [Read More]

So Much to See at Elm Lake ~ a tiny cool front blew in, and it seemed time to really explore Elm Lake. [Read More]

Scissor-tails of Summer ~ These graceful and beautifully colored birds are welcome visitors during the heat of summer. [Read more]

Drooling Over a New Lens ~ Though you can’t always “blame the racket”, sometimes better tools can bring better results. [Read more]

The Surprising Green Heron ~ This small and shy member of the heron family has a big secret. [Read more]

White-faced Ibis – Birds of a Different Feather ~ Some birds have distinctly different plumage during breeding season, and the White-faced Ibis is a great example. [Read more]

The Patience of a Red-tailed Hawk ~ A Red-tailed Hawk has visited for several days. He is an exciting and welcome guest… but not everyone thinks he is the perfect neighbor. [Read more]

A Fine Kettle of… Hawks ~ Identification of hawks can be tricky, even when they arrive two at a time!  [Read more]

A Bronze Heron – The American Bittern ~ The handsome plumage of this bird provides the perfect camouflage. [Read more]

Great Horned Owlets at Six Weeks ~ The owlets are growing, and walking up and down the spreading branches of the oak.  [Read more]

Great Horned Owlets at Four Weeks – A family of owls is nesting at Brazos Bend State Park.  [Read more]

I Brought You a Stick–  Tiny Resoft County Park, in Alvin Texas, offers a wonderful experience watching Great Egrets build their nests.  [Read more]

Almost Spring at Brazos Bend State Park ~ The first signs of spring are snoozing, calling, flitting and strutting in Brazos Bend State Park. [Read more]

Yellow-crowned Night Heron – Following these slow and deliberate hunters made for a special afternoon on a high overcast day in Surfside TX. [Read more]

Cropping is an Essential Hack – Sometimes the birds are too close… or too far away… or not standing in the right spot. What’s an amateur photographer to do? [Read more]

A summer with Little Blue Herons ~ Looking back on a summer of Little Blue Herons, at Brazos Bend State Park and Sheldon Lake State Park. Can birds be embarrassed?  [Read more]

Smiling Black-bellied Whistling Duck ~ When is a duck not a duck? When it’s a Whistling Duck. I just can’t resist their happy faces. [Read more]

The American Coot ~ A long drive out to Shoveler Pond in Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge let me get acquainted with the American Coot, a bird with a surprising feature. [Read more]

White-faced Ibis (Maybe) ~ The non-breeding plumage of these birds makes their identification a little challenging, but I think I’ve got it. [Read more]

Chasing the Moon ~ Occasionally, the International Space Station is briefly visible in front of the sun or moon, from specific locations on Earth. I had fun trying to capture one of these transits. [Read more]

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds ~ Seeing them on their favorite food plants in Katy and Fulshear, Texas was a real treat. [Read more]

Sandhill cranes ~ Sandhill Cranes winter in the open fields of the Gulf Coast, but in all my 40 years in Texas, I’d never seen them. I found them in Galveston. [Read more]