Articles and Collections

Texas Ducks: A New Collection

Because of the abundance and diversity of wetland habitats along the Texas Gulf Coast, ducks are an important part of the Texas avifauna–and they remain one of my favorite photographic subjects. Without fail, when I present slide shows of images to friends and family, the ducklings are the most popular and collect the most “ooh’s and ahh’s.” Let’s face it: ducks and ducklings are fun.

Muscovy Ducklings at Hermann Park, Houston, Texas
Muscovy Ducklings at Hermann Park, Houston, Texas. Remarkably, no matter how different the adults look (and Muscovy Ducks are among the weirdest-looking of all ducks), many ducklings look alike-yellow with black stripes. Somehow that doesn’t affect their popularity! Canon EOS 7D/100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS. Natural light.

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Galveston Island Birds: A New Collection

When we need a break from Brazos Bend State Park, we often bird and photograph Galveston Island birds. East Beach and San Luis Pass are especially enjoyable birding hot spots, particularly during the cooler months.

Sanderling on dead fish at East Beach, Galveston, Texas
Not so innocent! Sanderlings are common, but charming winter inhabitants of Galveston Island.

New Article and Collection: Stalking the Hunters

Stalking the Hunters: Observing and Photographing the Predatory Water Birds of Brazos Bend State Park, Texas explores the hunting activities of waders and other birds at one of the Texas Gulf Coast’s finest birding sites.

Little Blue Heron with American Bullfrog Tadpole at Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
This Little Blue Heron has just captured an American Bullfrog tadpole. Photo taken at 40-Acre Lake.

Some of Our 2011 Favorites: New Collections

Each excursion into the field is filled with expectation. Will the mated pair of Pileated woodpeckers be at the nesting cavity today? Will we get another shot at photographing a Great Egret catching gar? Sometimes expectations pan out and sometimes we are pleasantly surprised by a new sighting, a new interaction, or a new discovery of some sort. In many ways, last year was our first year of serious photographic effort. We became willing to go great distances and work under hostile environmental conditions: we visited deserts, swamps, jungles, and mountains, and braved heat, cold, high-altitude electrical storms, bugs, alligators, and Grizzly Bears to get the shots. We had a blast!

We hope you will stop to take a look at Chris’s selected 2011 favorites, stay a while to see Elisa’s selected 2011 favorites, and then come back for more. Welcome!

Curious Empidonax Flycatcher at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas
Empidonax sp. flycatcher, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas. 
Empidonaxes are notoriously hard to identify to the species level. Elisa watched for hours as this unidentifiable but undeniably charming little bird flew to and from this riverside perch occasionally bringing back a tasty insect treat.
Male Mountain Bluebird at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
This proud and confident bird allowed Chris to approach within twenty feet. Male Mountain Bluebird at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.