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!