South Texas Birds

Last month I took a trip to far south Texas, the Rio Grande Valley. Because of its proximity to Mexico and the semi-tropical climate, many different bird species may be photographed that are not found even here in central Texas. And some are found there that are not encountered elsewhere in the United States.

I had the pleasure of photographing on a ranch near McAllen that has been provided with blinds in some of the best birding habitat in the region.

Preparations were made the day before, including setting up attractive perches in the best light, placing feed in strategic spots and assuring the water features were clean and full.

As expected, the next morning was clear, cool and perfect for photographing from a blind. The action started almost immediately after getting cameras, and other equipment set up and settling down quietly. The action continued from sun-up until dark.

Here are a couple of the shots from the morning.

Top image: Green Jay, a very colorful and somewhat noisy bird indigenous to scrub habitats. Lower: Greater Roadrunner, somewhat common in the arid lands of the Southwest.

Both images: Nikon D2Xs, Nikkor 600mm f 4.o super telephoto, Gitzo tripod with Kirk Cobra head, SB-800 Speedlight with Better Beamer teleflash.

I will publish additional images from this exciting shoot shortly. The ranch is abundant with photographic subjects, the facilities are excellent and the hospitality is perfect. I am currently planning to host a bird photography workshop on this property in the Spring of 2012.

© Brian Loflin 2011. All rights reserved.

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2 responses to “South Texas Birds

  1. Wow. I have never saw a close up of a roadrunner. I am from New Mexico. Great shots!

    • Debbie,
      Roadrunners are great birds. Being naturally curious they may get VERY close. I had a time where one ran between me and the tripod. Too close to focus. The trick is to be patient and persevere.
      In this case I was in a photo blind, camouflaged from this bird and all others. Once inside, I did not come out for four hours, until I moved to a second blind with a different direction from the sun.
      BTW, I enjoyed your image of the bee and cactus flower. Isn’t it amazing what we can find in our photos. I enjoyed your NM Opuntia or prickly pear cactus pictures. I wrote a book TEXAS CACTI recently. It is a good reference to cacti, even in NM. -Take care and enjoy your experiences through the lens.

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