Phyrrhuloxia Fever 5/14/2007

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The Phyrrhuloxia caught my attention early in the week as he darted in and out, grabbing a seed and in a flash was gone again. I have to admit to a frame of two of birdless perches where this little guy was concerned. I was determined to photograph this elusive bird. When he finally teed up on this stump I had time to get off a few frames before he was gone again.

Photograph captured with D2Xs, AF-S 600mm, TC-17E, Lexar 8gb CF Card

So Texas Safari Wrap Up 5/14/2007

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Well, I am back in Portland, another excellent adventure past. It took me a couple of days to reflect over the five days of shooting in So Texas and to come up with a count of all the birds we saw. There were still some migrant species hanging around and we were fortunate to have several pose for our cameras like this little Magnolia Warbler who stopped by to take a quick bath. We had fifty species of birds in front of our lenses at one point or another thoroughout the week. There were also the resident birds exhibiting breeding and nesting behavior. What a concentration of amazing birds to photograph deep in So Texas…and you will never meet a nicer bunch of people than the ranchers who so graciously welcomed us to their properties and made us feel right at home. It’s an adventure that I highly recommend. I know I’ll be back in So Texas again soon.

Photograph captured with D2Xs, AF-S 600mm, TC-17E, HSC, Lexar 8GB CF Card

So Texas Safari Day 3 5/9/2007

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What a bird photography Shangrila! We are having a wonderful time photographing the abundant variety of birds in So Texas. Each time we step into a blind we are filled with anticipation at what the shooting will be like. And every time we come out with more new birds for our files. This little guy only stayed a short time but it was long enough to add some great images to my files. I think I can safely safe a great time is being had by all.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher captured with D2Xs, AF-S 600mm, Lexar 8gb CR card.

So Texas Safari Day 2 5/08/2007

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Day two dawned, or rather, it didn’t dawn as we had thunder, lightning and torrential rain all the way to the ranch. By 8:30, the storm had passed and we headed to the blinds where we had a very productive day photographing over twenty species of birds between the morning and afternoon shoots. A good time was had by all. In fact you could say we were raptorous by the end of the day.

Harris hawk captured with Nikon D2Xs, 600mm AF-S, Lexar 8gb CF card