other scenes from texas

February 19, 2008

in Travel

People complain when all I have from my travels are insect photos. Hey, I watch birds, I photograph insects. In fact, although I carry a point-and-shoot, I only have a macro lens on my good camera. It was so windy most days here, I didn’t get to photo many bugs. So I attempted to photograph a few birds.

How about this this Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) at the Quinta Matzalan World Birding Center in McAllen, Texas. It was breathtaking through a scope. We also heard many and saw one during a long evening walk at Bentsen.


I think Least Grebes are very cute, and small enough to hold in your hand. Even cuter, their fluffy butts. This was one of a half dozen or so at Sabal Palm Audubon Center in Brownsville.


Every catch basin should have its own Burrowing Owl. Unfortunately, when this development in Mission is finished, out go the owls. I have been coming to the Valley for 10 years, and I cannot believe how much development has accelerated here.


One bug pic. This is a Sickle-winged Skipper, also at Sabal Palm.


"All this birding is making me hungry."

"You’re not kidding. I’m so hungry, I could eat a small goat."



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