Archive for April, 2015

Looking into Mexico

April 30, 2015  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Looking into Mexico

We spent a couple of days right on the Rio Grande, and we could see into Mexico.. Honestly I do NOT know what all the fuss is about Border security..There are Giant Lizards watching it for us..

An Amusement Park on the other side of the Border..Long lens shot here

An Amusement Park on the other side of the Border..Long lens shot here

 

DHS? Border Patrol? We could see for miles on the Hawk tower..all was quiet

DHS? Border Patrol? We could see for miles on the Hawk tower..all was quiet

 

A city Park on the other side of the River.. looks nice..

A city Park on the other side of the River.. looks nice..

 

Not sure of the species here..but he was watching the border

Not sure of the species here..but he was watching the border

 

Another of that same lizard.. they were loving this wall..

Another of that same lizard.. they were loving this wall..

Screech Owl

April 29, 2015  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Screech Owl

At Quinta they had a returning Screech owl we got a good look at.. they are so camo its hard to get the camera to focus properly..

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

 

Green Jay

Green Jay

 

Inverted Squirrel at the feeder

Inverted Squirrel at the feeder

 

Great Kiskadee

Great Kiskadee

 

Little bunny

Little bunny

Quinta Mazatlan

April 28, 2015  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Quinta Mazatlan

In McAllen Texas Quinta Mazatlan is a restored hacienda that is absolutely stunning.. there are well kept grounds and its part of the world birding center.. while we were there the director recognized Jen and Valeri and we got a personal tour which was highlighted by some of the amazing cactus blooms!

 

Amazing Blooms.. something like over 50 on one cactus..

Amazing Blooms.. something like over 15 on one cactus..

 

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Altamira Oriole Nest

Altamira Oriole Nest

 

Verbena

Verbena

 

Plain Chachalaca

Plain Chachalaca

 

Whip Tails

April 27, 2015  |  Birds  |  1 Comment

Spotted WhipTails.. common in Texas, these lizards can regrow their tail as it will detach so they can escape predators..Also..Jen Spotted the Common Pauraque Which was insane as this bird is deep in the woods and totally camouflaged and only comes out at night.. She rocks!

 

Spotted Whip Tail

Spotted Whip Tail

 

Spotted Whip Tail  at Ester llano Grande

Spotted Whip Tail at Estero llano Grande NOTE the regrowing tail

 

Common Pauraque

Common Pauraque

 

Green Heron

Green Heron

 

Blue Wing Teal

Blue Wing Teal

Warblers On Padre

April 24, 2015  |  Birds  |  Comments Off on Warblers On Padre

Some of the toughest birds to get a photo of are the warblers.. tiny song birds migrating through..They are in constant motion

Black Throated Green warbler

Black Throated Green warbler

 

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

 

Black throated green warbler

Black throated green warbler

 

 

Not everything was a bird down there....

Not everything was a bird down there….

 

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

S. Padre Island

April 23, 2015  |  Birds  |  2 Comments

These shots are from pretty early in the morning and over off the board walk at the world birding center in S. Padre Island..

Ruby Throat Hummingbird

Ruby Throat Hummingbird

 

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

 

Lesser Yellow legs

Lesser Yellow legs

 

Sora

Sora

 

Common Grackle

Common Grackle

Birding Classic 2015

April 22, 2015  |  Birds  |  1 Comment

We Just Wrapped up the 2015 Texas Birding classic! We will not know how we did for another month or so. We registered 222 species in 6 days and put 1700 miles on the car visiting as many ecosystems in Texas as we could.. We had several incredible days beginning with South Padre Island, where on opening day we saw 119 species.

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Yellow Crowned Night Heron

 

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Lesser Night Hawk

 

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Clapper Rail

 

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Great Blue Heron

 

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Osprey

 

The Pacific

April 15, 2015  |  Travel  |  Comments Off on The Pacific

Beautiful and deep blue.. what a great spot to just sit and stare..

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North of San Francisco

April 14, 2015  |  Travel  |  Comments Off on North of San Francisco

I traveled back to California and had almost a full day before the conference, so I went North of San Francisco..

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Game Camera

April 13, 2015  |  Outdoors, WildLife  |  2 Comments

Marcia was so kind on my Big 5-0 and sent over a gift card. I bought a Game camera and put it out in the greenbelt behind our house just outside the fence.. Here are a few of the highlights..Most of the shots are on Jen’s computer, as she likes to download it all the time and beats me to it!

Armadillo

Armadillo

 

Buck

Buck

 

Grey Fox

Grey Fox

 

Possum

Possum

 

a Couple of Does

a Couple of Does