January 19, 2018 Falcon Lake State Park, Texas

Northern Cardinals with Prryhuloxia
Northern Cardinals with Prryhuloxia

A Little Rough Weather

Rainy Day Bird Watching
Rainy Day Bird Watching

Ran into a short stretch of cold, dreary weather the last few days that curtailed my birds in action photography. I managed to keep an eye on them through my window that just happens to be at eye level with the roof of the picnic table shelter at my campsite. After taking several days to draw in the birds, I didn’t want to quit feeding here even though I couldn’t do any photography due to the lack of light ( and the fact that it was a little uncomfortable with temps only in the 40’s ).

Prryhuloxia and Cardinal
Prryhuloxia and Cardinal

By late this afternoon, the rain stopped though the skies remained gray with no sunlight coming through the overcast skies. There was enough light to do some shooting and the abundance of birds in here today forced me outside to take some shots.

Prryhuloxia and Cardinal
Prryhuloxia and Cardinal

Actually the gray skies provide some of the best diffused light allowing the birds colors to really pop without having to worry about blown out highlights.

Prryhuloxia and Cardinal
Prryhuloxia and Cardinal

I always get a kick out of watching the many disputes these guys have over feeder rights.

Prryhuloxia and Cardinal
Prryhuloxia and Cardinal
Prryhuloxia and Cardinal
Prryhuloxia and Cardinal

I included this shot simply because I have a really hard time trying to figure out exactly what position the cardinal is in. Quite the contortionist!

Catbird and Mockingbird
Catbird and Mockingbird

The catbird was a new visitor today.

Green Jay and Mockingbird
Green Jay and Mockingbird
Green Jay and Red-wing Blackbird
Green Jay and Red-wing Blackbird
Green Jays and Prryhuloxia
Green Jays and Prryhuloxia
Catbird and Cardinal
Catbird and Cardinal
Male Prryhuloxias
Male Prryhuloxias
Northern Cardinals
Northern Cardinals
Northern Cardinals
Northern Cardinals

The many male Cardinals are always squabbling over who gets to occupy the feeding post, they do not share.

Northern Cardinals
Northern Cardinals
Northern Cardinal and Curve-billed Thrasher
Northern Cardinal and Curve-billed Thrasher

A couple of nice sunny days are in the forecast this week, so I will be trying yet more of this type of shot, hopefully with a lot more light so I can use a little lower ISO and maybe get a little more depth of field.

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3 thoughts on “January 19, 2018 Falcon Lake State Park, Texas”

  1. My favorite of this batch is the shot of 2 Prryhuloxias. I love seeing all sides of a bird, with wings expanded and closed. So much more information then I see in reference books. I recently moved to south coastal Georgia from Alaska and having a field day bird watching.

  2. Another selection of fabulous bird shots. The interaction shown is very entertaining! Thanks for sharing your photos, they are spectacular!

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