Chasing Feathers: The Best Of 2016 Birding (Part 2)

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and —  most of all — love of what you are doing or learning to do.” ~ Pele

A change in school situation squashed our plans for more family travel this year. We still managed, however, to go to a few new places before the juggling of four-kids-in-three-schools took over.

The Big Bend outing got us started in high fashion with a whole host of new species for the year, not to mention the handful of Lifers (ones we’d never seen before). Its doubtful we’d have finished as strong for the year without that trip!

For the most part, we stuck to places within a couple hours from home — hugging the Houston boundary — to better manage time and money. Wishing and achieving are indeed two separate things, so a more purposeful ‘Birding Big Year’ will just have to wait at liiiiitle longer. (Maybe when the kids leave the house.)

Enjoy these favorite photos of those beautiful birds we went out to get for 2016, including the posts that go with them (in case you missed them the first go ’round).

As usual — and barring extra time for post-processing — all photos are untouched and are presented as un-cropped JPG’s straight from the camera/big lens combo.

Enjoy the world around you, and get outside!

Mottled Duck

Mottled Duck

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Scissortail Flycatcher

Scissortail Flycatcher

Related Post: (5/9) Highs and Lows

Osprey

Osprey

Related Post: (9/27) Going to Church

Canvasback

Canvasback

Related Post: (2/21) Memorial Park Birding

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Road Runner

Related Post: (1/27) Birding Big Bend

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Related Post: (5/14) Texas Gem: Brazos Bend State Park

Double-crested Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Related Post: (11/13) Nature Therapy: Wild Goose Chase

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

Related Post: (11/29) Bolivar Flats Feathered Darlings

Blackburnian Warbler

Golden-winged Warbler

Blackburnian and Golden-Winged Warblers

Related Post: (4/25) Anniversary Weekend Birding

Great-horned Owl

Great-horned Owl

Related Post: (1/13) A New Year: Looking Up, Looking Back, and Plugging In

See also the best of 2015, here and here.

11 thoughts on “Chasing Feathers: The Best Of 2016 Birding (Part 2)

  1. Great pictures Shannon. My husband and I were just talking about owls and how we never see them anymore. Now that I see your picture of the scissortail I realize we never see those anymore either. They are funny birds who will dive down and appear to attack a cat that is merely crossing its own yard. Many years ago our cats would run fast and hide to avoid them.

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    1. So funny about your cat; I see mockingirds do this! We see a lot of scissortails here in the summer only. They are flycatchers so go where the bugs are, perching along ditches or around ponds on barbed wire fences or electrical wires. Look for them!

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      1. Hey Lori! So nice to see you here. We have owls in our yard — Barred Owl — and are awoken with the monkey-ruckus calls every night. Lucky indeed!!

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