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.

Paur

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.

Leastgrebe

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.

Burow

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

Sickle

"All this birding is making me hungry."

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

Smallgoat


{ 7 comments }

Jess February 19, 2008 at 10:25 am

Only $10.99 for a small goat? What a bargain!

John February 19, 2008 at 10:27 am

That's a good deal for a small goat.

Clare February 19, 2008 at 8:51 pm

aw, everyone beat me to the bargain comment. Did it come with a side of fries?

kingfisher February 19, 2008 at 9:37 pm

The goat was a bargain, but the avocado was expensive. ;^)

Rob February 20, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Hey, I need that receipt so I can get reimbursed for that goat! And if you thought our dinner conversation was bad, you ain't seen nothin' yet! Everything I needed to know about blogging I learned at PIF, over a small goat! Wait, that doesn't sound right…

Nuthatch February 20, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Speaking of cat poop…here's that cat scat coffee I was telling you about. (People, I told you this subject dominated the conversation!)

Mac@DBB February 25, 2008 at 6:41 pm

If I'm reading the shot below correctly, the owls may yet find somewhere to go!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/heather_shade/252313003/

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