Saturday, June 28, 2008

June 28th Report - San Angelo S.P.

It was a great morning in the blind. Sunlight was pleasing, bird population was good, and image opportunities were plentiful.

I got into the blind at/about 8:05 AM. Temps were all ready starting to touch 80, but it never really got oppressively hot. Left at 11 AM as two other photographers from Midland were just getting started.

The laundry list:

Species List

Black-Chinned Hummingbird (Male & Female)
Black Crested Tufted Titmouse
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-Headed Cowbird
Bullock's Oriole (Female)
Curve-Billed Thrasher
Golden-Fronted Woodpecker (Male & Female)
Greater Roadrunner
House Finch
House Sparrow
Ladder-Backed Woodpecker (Male)
Mourning Dove
Northern Bobwhite Quail (Mating Pair)
Northern Cardinal (Male, Female, & Juvenile)
Northern Mockingbird
Red-Winged Blackbird
Western Kingbird
White-Winged Dove

It was very nice to see the Ladder-Backed Woodpecker back in the blind. He made the wide tour of the outer trees but did not come in on the inside perches. Focus this time was much better than before and was lighting conditions. I expect that will be an 8x10 in the very near future.

The Roadrunner stayed outside of the blind to the right of D tree. He came in close enough to get an identifiable shot, but I'm not completely happy with it. I'm happy enough to post it, though ;)

No painted buntings this morning. Not sure what has changed since my last visit (and no additional bird reports on the clipboard in the blind). Hope they're back next time.

Many, many birds around. This was the first time with my 30D where I filled two cards inside of the blind and was well into the third card when I decided that enough was enough and the light was starting to leave me. Just overall an outstanding morning.

Image: Greater Roadrunner, San Angelo S.P., (c) 2008 Jim Miller

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