December 8, 2014 Goose Island, Texas

Great blue heron
Great blue heron

Temperatures rose rather quickly this morning as we recovered from the effects of that short arctic blast, unfortunately, the rising temps were accompanied by the rather persistent wet, dreary weather pattern of the last month and a half. Yes, yet another day of fog, mist, showers, and grey skies. Looking back over my notes, there have been only 5 nice days here since I arrived in the great state of Texas on December 3rd. Still better than snow and single digit temps though!

Took one quick loop of the pastures, even though it was foggy and misting. For the first time in a couple of weeks, there were no whoopers to be seen anywhere. Usually there are a few around though out of shooting distance.

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Great blue heron on a duck blind
Great blue heron on a duck blind
Great blue heron
Great blue heron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did attempt a mood shot of a blue heron standing on a duck blind out in the bay, but just couldn’t get it to work when I processed it, the two closeups of another blue heron kind of show just how bad the light is here today.

Black bellied whistling ducks and grackles
Black bellied whistling ducks and grackles

I did find a small group of black bellied whistling ducks on a small bay front pond in Fulton on my way in to Rockport this afternoon. These ducks are absolutely gorgeous in flight, but without any light today, there was no chance of a decent flight shot, so I will keep checking this area when, or if, the sun ever comes out again.

January 5, 2014 Goose Island, Texas

Black vultures
Black vultures

Cool weather and drab birds

Cool dreary weather continues but since the start of cabin fever is setting in, I drove out to the pastures again with hopes of snagging a few whooper shots. No such luck again though. In an attempt to keep my photography skills somewhat sharp during this serious lull in the action, I scouted out some of the more drab birds around here that I could get somewhat close to. With no light whatsoever to work with, these are not exactly great photos, but at least they get me thinking as a photographer again, someday this lousy weather will end.

As always, just click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Turkey vulture
Turkey vulture
Turkey vulture
Turkey vulture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue heron hunting with snowy egret
Blue heron

I suppose the great blue heron doesn’t actually qualify as a truly drab bird, especially if you find him in a rather colorful setting. With a little sunlight, these probably would make for some decent images.

Blue heron hunting with snowy egret
Blue heron
White pelican
White pelican
Laughing gull
Laughing gull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue heron hunting with snowy egret
Blue heron hunting with snowy egret
Blue heron stalking
Blue heron stalking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey vulture landing
Turkey vulture landing
Turkey vulture
Turkey vulture

 

 

December 29, 2013 Goose Island, Texas

Roseate spoonbills and great egret
Roseate spoonbills and great egret

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Took off at sunrise and did the loop for whoopers, nothing to show for it. Drove into the Rockport Walmart to replace my external hard drive that died yesterday. Found a Toshiba 2TB for $89 so bought it. Got it back home, hooked it up ( all instructions are now on the drive, nothing in writing in the box ) and found it only will work with Windows, not on my IMac. A Walmart sticker is placed over the writing on the box that probably mentions that it is not compatible with Mac, but the only part that shows below the sticker says “ Windows 7, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard or Lion.” and that kind of led me to believe that it would work on either Mac or PC. Now let’s see what kind of horror it will be to return a hard drive in an opened box.

A mixed hunting party
A mixed hunting party

I decided to drive back home along the shore through Fulton since there are a couple of small roadside ponds on that route where I have seen birds in years past.

Roseate spoonbills and great egret
Roseate spoonbills and great egret
Roseate spoonbills feeding
Roseate spoonbills feeding

 

Sure enough, right at the edge of town, I came across 4 or 5 cars pulled off the road and several photographers set up shooting some roseate spoonbills and great egrets in the VERY small little body of water only 20 feet from the edge of the road. Included in this group was a friendly gentleman I had the pleasure of meeting here last March and he introduced me to a couple of his photographer friends that I had not had the pleasure of meeting before. Small world!

Three roseate spoonbills
Three roseate spoonbills
Spoonbills and great egret
Shaking things up