2021-04-27 SPI and Tuesday’s Babies

Earlier in April, I visited the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center and saw Green Herons sitting on eggs. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to return and see how the next generation of Green Herons was coming along. This past Tuesday I took the time to revisit the SPIB&NC and was not disappointed. … Read more

2021-04-18 SPI Sunday Bird Fallout, Round Two

Gone were the dense clouds and drizzling rain that plagued me early Saturday. The wind and the birds remained. There seemed to be even more birds on the island than yesterday. There were also more people. My first stop on the island was a brief visit to the Sheepshead Bird Sanctuary, where I captured respectable … Read more

2021-04-17 SPI, Great Birds, Lousy Weather

Well friends, I said I would limit my photo shooting time in the field to half days. The strategy would allow me to process my images and tell my stories in time to meet an every-other-day in the field schedule. I also said if a warbler fallout should happen, all bets were off. Well, it … Read more

2021-04-15 SPI And Three Bags Full

I had an exceptional day at the SPI Convention Centre. I met three new bird species: Veery, Dickcissel, and Black-Billed Cuckoo. Not that the rest of the birds I met weren’t amazing, it’s just hard to beat the high I get when a new bird comes into my life. One new bird is enough to … Read more

2013-08-29 Arizona Trip

One aim on this trip was to visit family in Northeast Tucson. While there I spent some time at Agua Caliente Park. It had been in my head for several years I should spend a few days at Beatty’s Guest Ranch in Miller Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains south of Sierra Vista. On my return home … Read more

2017-08-13 Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

This morning I found my way to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. I visited here once before while doing my big inter-mountain trip in the Samurai (the one where I caught a blood clot in my lungs that almost killed me). That was an early spring expedition in 2015. The birds I met were either … Read more

2016-10-07 Joshua Tree Park: Birds Too!

Though the main course on the menu for my outing to Joshua Tree National Park wore fur, when feathers showed up I had to take a bite or two. I did not take a lot of pictures of House Finches, but there were an unbelievable number of them all day. The yard in front of … Read more

2015-06-02 Malheur Run

My stay in Payette now past, I headed into eastern Oregon with my eye on the prize of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The two lane highway (US-20) parallels the North Fork of the Malheur River for much of this trip (“Malheur” is pronounced mal-HUE-r and is from the French meaning misfortune). I made … Read more

2015-05-27 Bitterroot Valley, Days 4 and 5

Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville Montana in the Bitterroot Valley sits along the Bitterroot River about 25 miles from where it empties into the Clark Fork River in Missoula. There are grassy fields, small lakes, meandering streams, marshes and riparian areas. Great Blue Herons nest in the taller trees. Ospreys nest on erected … Read more

2015-05-16 Jackson Wyoming

My website suffered a catastrophic crash with complete loss of data on July 25, 2015. much of the blog content going forward was necessarily re-created from memory. This could be interesting an interesting process, as I’m an old guy so my memory might not hold up in court. Everything in the galleries (notes and images) held … Read more