03/13/2014 Visit to Fennessy Ranch



A little over a week ago I had an opportunity to visit the Fennessy Ranch in Bayside, Texas.  The ranch offered opportunities to see and photograph birds and other wildlife.    The weather was beautiful and the facility personnel were friendly and knowledgeable.  They led us on a tour a the facility and took us to a couple of bird blinds that provided most of the photos we took that day.   More photos can be found at this link.

04/07/2012 Bluebonnets in Texas

My sister-in-law invited my wife, son, and me over for supper a couple of weeks ago.  She told us the Bluebonnets were blooming in her backyard and asked us to come enjoy them with her.  For my son and I that meant an opportunity to take a few photos.  It was a beautiful afternoon and flowers were covering the backyard.  Good conversation and pleasant discussion of the coming feast, how ever, distracted us.  We almost waited too long.  Well anyway, he and I finally realized this and broke away to carefully move among the flowers and look for shots.  The light was fading fast but we did manage to find a few.  Here are a couple of the ones I found (btw, the steaks were wonderful).   link

01/20/2012 Backyard Female Red-Winged Blackbird

Female Red-Winged Blackbird

A couple of months ago, I was sitting in the the backyard and saw a bird I didn’t recognize.  After a little investigation I found that this was likely a female Red-Winged Blackbird.  I did not see any of the more familiar male birds, but there were many of these.  If someone can identify it as something else, let me know.  I put a few photos in my Backyard Nature Gallery.  link 

12/24/2011 Backyard Birds on Christmas Eve

I stepped out into the backyard this morning, Christmas Eve, and thought it would be a wonderful day to take some pictures.  The backyard was alive with an abundance of birds attracted to to the various feeders we had set up.  Here are some of the results.  I believe the first photo is of a Carolina Wren, the second a Chipping Sparrow, and the third a female Cardinal.  I also saw Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Bell’s Vireo, and numerous other birds.  It was a good day.   Here is a link to these and some other backyard photos.     link

(btw.  I changed the ‘Galleries” layout in order to make it a little easier to use.  Let me know if there are any problems with the new access.)  Merry Christmas!

Red-bellied Woodpecker and Eastern Bluebird in Backyard

I was sitting in the backyard and saw a lot of bird activity.  When I returned with my camera, I found a couple of Eastern Bluebirds appearing to be nesting in a bird house in the backyard.  Then I spotted a Red-bellied Woodpecker sitting on one of our feeders.  I added an new Miscellaneous Nature Photos section to the Nature Galleries.  There you can find these and a couple more shots.