Mostly Pelicans (1/28/17)

It was windy and cold at White Rock Lake today. I dressed appropriately but I just can’t seem to find a way to keep my hands warm. I can stay out only as long as I can take my freezing fingers. I started and ended the day at Sunset Bay today. I visited a few other places around the lake in between.

I stayed out a little longer than I might otherwise have mainly because I was using my new Tamron 150-600 for the first time. I really like it but I may have to join a gym to build some muscles in my arms. I definitely gave myself a workout by sticking with that lense throughout the day. I was tempted to change to the 16-300 but I challenged myself to keep going. So, here are a few photos from today.

Northern Pintail Pair
These pintails have been hanging around Sunset Bay for a while. A second male has also been seen.
Pelican Line-up
Preening pelicans
Flying Low
I was able to get some close shots of the pelicans at Sunset Bay.
This pelican was just gliding by. I really like the color on this one.
Wings Up
I really like capturing birds when the sun sparkles on the water. This pelican was getting ready to fly off.
Taking Off
I love the sparkles in the water.
Flying Away
This is the third photo in a series
Single Pelican
All alone at the lake.
Just Passing By
Captured at Sunset Bay from the dock.
Fighting for Space
I watched as the pelican swam by a few times and then forced his way onto the log.

Big Bend National Park (Posted 1/22/17)

I had a great trip to Big Bend National Park during the first week of January. I would love to go back in the spring. With as many birds as I saw during this winter trip, I can just imagine what I would see during the spring season.

Below are some of the photos from the trip. Almost all of them were taken on the trails within the Chisos Mountains. We didn’t make it to the Rio Grande on this trip. That leaves something to look forward to for next time.

Cactus Wren
The Window at Big Bend
Cactus Wren
Say’s Phoebe

Mexican Jay
Canyon Towhee
Loggerhead Shrike
Big Bend
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Red-tailed Hawks

Pelicans from December 24th (posted 1/1/17)

I enjoy photographing the pelicans at White Rock Lake. I know that I have taken more photos that I can share so I am dedicating this entry to some of my favorite pelican photos to date. They were all taken on the same day, December 24th, at T&P Hill. A special thanks to Jim Hogan for sending me a message and letting me know they were at this location. I know that as the new year begins, there will be many more pelican photos because the next one just might be my next favorite.