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Whooping Cranes and more…

I just returned from a weekend of photographing along the Upper Texas coast with friends from Houston. Saturday morning we chartered a boat to take us out to a chain of islands where wintering Whooping Cranes could be found. We were very fortunate to find at least 8 Whooping Cranes including one juvenile bird. There are fewer than 250 pairs of Whooping Cranes left in the wild due to habitat loss but rehabilitation efforts are having great success and numbers are quickly rebounding. Most of the Whooping Crane population winters along the Texas coast while a smaller population also winters in Florida.

Spent the rest of the weekend trying to work on other Texas specialties, such as Nine-banded Armadillo, White-tailed Hawk, Mottled Duck, Tropical Parula, Neotropic Cormorant and others. Lots of photos follow:

Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane (juv.)

Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane

Whooping Crane
Whooping Crane

White-tailed Hawk
White-tailed Hawk

White-tailed Hawk
White-tailed Hawk

White-tailed Hawk
White-tailed Hawk

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

Tropical Parula
Tropical Parula

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron

White Ibis
White Ibis

Rusty Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird

Mottled Duck
Mottled Duck

Forster's Tern
Forster’s Tern

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

American Oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher

Neotropic Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant

Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture

Crested Caracara
Crested Caracara

 

Posted by on February 2, 2009 in Photography Adventures

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Ballona Field Day

I haven’t posted that much in the past few weeks and it’s not because I haven’t been out in the field, it’s because I haven’t found/or gotten any decent pics of what I was seeking! For example, today marked the 5th or 6th attempt to find and photograph the alternate plumage Little Blue Heron. I checked Ballona Freshwater Marsh along with Del Rey lagoon and walked a bit up Ballona Creek early this morning – and spent a couple hours this afternoon walking all around the backside of Ballona Freshwater Marsh until dusk. No luck.

A bit disappointing but that’s the way it goes and what makes it all the more thrilling when I can actually nail a shot that I’ve anticipated for so long. I do feel obligated to share a few decent shots I managed to capture this afternoon though:


Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck

Marbled Godwit
Marbled Godwit

Mallard (F)
Mallard (F)

Nothing all that exotic, but HEY! Beggars can’t be choosers, eh?

 

Posted by on July 17, 2008 in Photography Adventures

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