Saturday, November 12, 2011

Birds of Texas (September)

On my recent trip to Austin to attend the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) conference, my friend Mike and I took a few days following to bird and had a great trip. We introduced a few others to birding and met another AHMP member out on the range, who I'd run into before, but had no idea he was in to birding.  We met him a Pernales State Park where his family was camping for the labor day weekend.  Excellent variety, but due to the drought many of the unusual species had already departed or not arrived yet.  The drought was awful.  Entire rivers 100 feet across were but a trickle.  Temps were daily in the 110 range so we took our time and shelter where we could find it.  Nothing can really stop a birding from enjoying the past time though.  Next year the AHMP conference is in Anchorage, Alaska, I'll be spending a week before the conference birding.  Took some pretty good photos during the trip.  I'll need a few posts to get them all in though.  Enjoy!   

Summer Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Lesser Goldfinch (female)

Lesser Goldfinch (male)

Great Crested Flycatcher

Bewick's Wren

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Black crested Titmouse

Inca Dove


Jen said...

Looks like you had a great trip! Love all the photos, especially the hummingbird... Texas and Alaska are definitely two places I would love to bird- how lucky are you!

cindyzlogic said...

Wonderful images, John! The Tanagers are so gorgeous. Great shots of all the birds!

Dan Huber said...

Great photos Tucker - I need to get to texas sometime to bird.


Mike Z said...

Sorry about the 100+ degree Texas weather we welcomed you with but glad you were able to see a few lifers. Enjoyed birding with you and Mike and admire y'alls passion for it. I need to start my own blog to share some of these Texas bird pics with you. You guys need to consider a run to the Valley in the winter, all the birds coming down the central flyway funnel to there before headed deeper into Mexico and S America. See you in Alaska.