Giving Thanks and Discovering Beauty

Windy Wavy Grasses

Pretty Grassy Layers

“I discover beauty, in physical forms, while birding. I try to cup its essence like palm leaves do a heavy shower. Most of it spills out of my hands.” ~ Christy Bharath @ Verseherder Blog

Black-crowned Night Heron

“Joy To The World!”
Juvie Black-crowned Night Heron
Corps Woods, Galveston

Snowy Egret and Eared Grebe

Photo Bomber
Eared Grebe surfaces for air just as I shoot egrets
(bottom right of frame…see him?)

The Jetty, Family In Distance

The 17th Street Jetty
Family in the distance

Reddish Egret

Handsome Fella
Reddish Egret

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt
Coming in for a landing

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Mergansers
Taking off

Seaside Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow
Such a pretty LBJ

Anybody Home?

Anybody Home?
Even Mr. Crabby is in for Thanksgiving

Hazy Sky

Hazy Sunset
Apffel Park, Galveston

The Gang!

Beach All To Ourselves!


DirtNKids Thanksgiving 2015 Album
(There’s more inside!)

eBird Check Lists: 17th Street Jetty and
Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary

2015 Bird Count: 246 bird species

11 thoughts on “Giving Thanks and Discovering Beauty

  1. Thank you for the shout-out, Shannon, always a thrill and a blue pill to be a part of your side of the Internet of Wings 🙂

    You stir up my interest for waterbirds ❤ I have been copping out by spending time with waders. Just yesterday I spotted the Eurasian Spoonbill for the first time and I thought about you!


    1. The pleasure is all mine, Christy! Water fowl are no owls or shikras, but they have an elegance all their own. The sandpipers always leave me frustrated though (I have a hard time telling species apart).

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    1. I am always delighted to hear someone learning about photography!

      Birds and kids are awesome subjects, but they can be frustrating — neither stay still for long. It helps to have a camera that allows full control of exposure (I don’t post-process yet) so I can get exactly what I want without further fiddling. I have my favorite settings when — sometimes — the subjects cooperate. That big lens (fully out at 600mm) helps extend my my eyes without disturbing my flitty subject; it has become my alternate ‘field lens’ when birding. Its weight has done the added job of beefing up my neck and bicep muscles!

      Though I am no expert, feel free to come here with questions or to get help with bird ID. Because you are on the east coast, I welcome the challenge of ID’ing birds I have never seen. I have many, many resources at hand and love to share. Cheers, Wendy!

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      1. Yes, I can relate to the kids not staying still for sure! I can imagine that lens is heavy — we have a reserve here that I see birders with their huge camera lens’ all the time! Maybe some day I when I get a better understanding of it all, I will try to take bird photos as well! Yes, I will definitely post photos of birds when I get a decent pic! Thank you!


      2. If you don’t want it to wreak havoc on your neck (as it has me), invest in a good tripod as well. Birding is really fun and it engages the mind, young AND old. Our kids love it. 😉


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