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

10 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!

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    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!

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      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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