Texas Bird Photography Trip (Day 3) (12 January 2014)
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About This Shoot
Date: 12 January 2014
Location: Brazos Bend State Park (morning) & Lamar, TX (afternoon)
Shoot Type: Wildlife
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This was the second morning shoot at Brazos Bend, solo this time. Species photographed included: White Ibis, Black-bellied Whistling Duck (√), Black Vulture (√), Snowy Egret, Orange-crowned Warbler, House Wren, Common Gallinule (√), Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pied-billed Grebe feeding (√). That afternoon, I drove down to Lamar to begin my second leg of the trip. The late afternoon was spent at a blind on Kevin Sims property (owner of photography boat I charted for Whooping Cranes the next two days). At the blind, I was hoping for some close shots of either Sandhill or Whooping Cranes. Unfortunately, it didnt work out that well. The best shots were of a Great Blue Heron feeding on a glass lizard!

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12 January 2014

Texas Bird Photography Trip (Day 3)


Fri, 02 Jan 2015 22:42:50 -0600
Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Brazos Bend State Park. 12 January 2014
This group of Black-bellied Ducks were found on the southwest shore of 40-Acre Lake at Brazos Bend State Park on the morning of 12 January 2014...

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Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:33:18 -0600
Black Vulture courting behavior at Brazos Bend State Park, TX. 12 January 2014
  
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Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:35:14 -0600
Great Blue Heron with a sizable snake for dinner, Lamar, TX. 12 January 2014
I was photographing from a ground blind in the late afternoon/early evening hours of Jan. 12th in Lamar, TX hoping to photograph some Sandhill or Whooping Cranes at fairly close distance. (Cranes, both Sandhill and Whooping, have been drawn to several deer feeders in Lamar, TX over the past couple years given the poor food availability during the drought of 2011-2012). Unfortunately, no cranes landed in the yard in front of my this afternoon, but not all was lost. The resident Great Blue Heron that hangs around a draw there along the property line put on a nice little feeding show. The heron caught a nice sized snake along the draw, and I managed to capture a nice series of images as the heron downed this snake. Quite a treat, both for the heron and myself to photograph!

CORRECTION: I was informed that this was not even a snake at all, but a legless lizard -- Slender Glass Lizard

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Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:37:43 -0600
Pied-billed Grebe with a large portion of crayfish for breakfast at Brazos Bend SP. 12 January 2014
  
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