“Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.” ~ George Carlin
Some days with spring-window birding, migrants simply won’t cooperate for photographs. Much of good bird photography has to do the right equipment and lighting, and being at the right place at the right time.
But your subject must cooperate a little bit. Birds — like kids — rarely do.
When you get only a handful of opportunities to photograph certain bird species during the spring migration window, you git what you git and you don’t throw a fit.
This weekend, bird butts was pretty much all I got.
Summer Tanager (Male)
Summer Tanager (Female)
Lifer! And a vagrant migrant ta boot.
Might never see again.
Still, there’s always an upside! There where quite a few decent shots as well as some birder-led finds and ID’s that resulted in several life birds.
- Least Bittern (thanks, Brian!)
- Baird’s Sandpiper
- Long-tailed Duck (stumbled upon her)
- Stilt Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, and Whimbrel (thanks, scope birder!)
- Reddish Egret (White Morph)
- King Rail
- Warbling Vireo (thanks, kind birder!)
- Prairie Warbler
And do you know what? We have already broken our highest annual species count of 256 — we stand at 259 species just halfway into spring. We may actually finish this year over 300 with predominately local birding.
Thank you, Texas Gulf Coast / Houston region. You are definitely good for something other than heat, humidity, and mosquitoes.
By the way, all the good photos are embedded in the checklists below. Go ahead…have a look.
- eBird Checklist: 4/8/17, Bolivar Flats Sanctuary
- eBird Checklist: 4/8/17, Bolivar Flats Rettilon Road
- eBird Checklist: 4/14/17, LaFitte’s Cove
- eBird Checklist: 4/22/17 Anahuac NWR
- eBird Checklist, 4/23/17, LaFitte’s Cove
Spring migration is coming to a close.
Will be back to regular blogging soon!