Tomorrow it all Ends
Hard to believe that five months here have passed so quickly, but with the recent heat, I would have to say, I am ready to head for cooler climes.
It dawned on me that I had never shown you the bird feeding yard here at Salineno, the scene of all these small birds in flight shots. So the image above shows you where all the action takes place and where 80 % of all the shots shown on this blog were taken.
The other 20% were taken next to where my motorhome is parked, just a hundred feet or so from the the feeding yard shown above.
On many of my two days off, I haul my portable post (feeding) prop over to my site and set up a small feeding area of my own.
Here I have no overhanging branches and shadows to contend with, as I do in the main yard. Also have a completely different type of background where I can get some nice soft pastel colors to show as a backdrop for the birds.
You can probably tell I kind of liked the interaction of this White-tipped Dove and the Great Kiskadee, set against that wonderful watercolor wash background.
The Dove was not the only other bird to contest the Kiskadee for the peanutbutter/lard/cornmeal mix concealed in the top of the post.
It’s that time of year and the males are fighting.
” What you doing down there, Shorty !”
A Couple New Closeups
We have two coveys of Northern Bobwhites that come in several times a day so I thought I ought to make some effort to get a couple nice ground level shots of these neat little birds. Above a female and below the male.
A male Ladder-backed Woodpecker with a nice soft green background. The background, up until this last week, would have been bare branches with bright sky holes, but now the mesquite trees are displaying their spring green finery.
And finally, a rare South Texas visitor, one female Black-headed Grosbeak, visiting us regularly over the past three weeks.
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