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Birding & Blogging in Galveston, Texas

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dragonfly-four-spot-2-20160821The Prisma app renders some cool painterly effects on your snapshots. I got this dragonfly at Lafitte’s Cove the other day. Photo taken with the Canon rig, but processed on my phone. Continue reading “Outdoors”

Lizard & Cicada

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Lizard scampered across the side walk in front of me as I was leaving for work and I was like, “what on earth has he got in his mouth?” So I followed him into the bushes and snapped some photos with my phone. I don’t know what he ended up doing with that poor cicada, but he sure seemed excited to have snagged it. He let me stick the phone right up in his face.

Great Crested Flycatcher

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Great Crested Flycatcher

I was very pleased to correctly guess the ID on this bird when I saw it, even though it’s a lifer for me. (I did flash for a moment on Western Kingbird when I saw that yellow belly) The back yard pecan tree delivers once again. Continue reading “Great Crested Flycatcher”

Magnolia Warbler

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Magnolia Warbler

This last wave of migrants really liked the pecan tree. It’s freshly covered with those tassel clumps which I assume are the blossom (?) At any rate, very convenient for sighting migrant birdies being right near the deck like it is. Saw a Green Heron, a Swainson’s Thrush, and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in it this week as well.

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Scarlet Tanager

One more shot of the tanager who was so friendly last week. One of my best close-ups!

Northern Waterthrush

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Northern Waterthrush

The waterthrush that had been eluding me from the get-go fell into my sites today. Life bird! Alas, not the sharpest photo I ever took. This is at the mud hole at Corp Woods this morning. I dashed out there in the drizzle when I realized there was significant fallout from last night’s thunderstorms. I knew this from a glance out the kitchen window at first light. The pecan tree out back was hopping with catbirds and bright little warblers. Continue reading “Northern Waterthrush”

Scarlet Tanager

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I was worried that migration season was going to pass without catching a Scarlet Tanager. Well, I met this guy at Corp Woods today and my goodness, what a gracious little fellow. He kept posing on different nearby perches as if concerned I wasn’t getting the framing I wanted. (He was right too. I wasn’t.) Finally he chose this spot, so close to me I had to back up because I couldn’t get focus with my 400. Continue reading “Scarlet Tanager”

Indigo Bunting

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Indigo Bunting

Indigos aplenty still at Corp Woods on Friday morning. Saw some Baltimore Orioles out there too. Continue reading “Indigo Bunting”

Sunday Birding

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White-rumped Sandpiper

A White-rumped Sandpiper was feeding with a few Dunlins out at east beach where much of the inland beach area was still flooded from the recent rains. The white-rump is a lifer for me. Continue reading “Sunday Birding”

Black Vulture

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Black Vulture

The bird show at Featherfest on Friday afternoon featured a hawk, a falcon, an owl, a Kookaburra, and this magnificent Black Vulture. Featherfest is held each year in Galveston to coincide with Spring migration activity along the Gulf coast. They get in expert guides and well known ornithologists and run field trips for 4 days. I was tapped to run the book booth on Friday so I got to chat with birders all day and see the bird show again this year. I made it out of the vendor area without buying anything. I should get a medal of some kind for that. (Photo taken with my cheapie Motorola dumbphone.)

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