Apr 152014
 
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Common Mergansers are a common sight at Lake Meredith each winter, and although I haven’t seen  nearly as many this year as last, I have had several opportunities to photograph them the last few months.  Unfortunately, it’s not just the mergansers, all waterfowl populations have been down.  Populations of Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, Sandhill Cranes, Red-winged Blackbirds and others have been low as well.

I’ve also had a few chances last fall and this spring to photograph Red-breasted Mergansers as well.  This is the first year I’ve noticed them, but to be honest there may have been some in the past and I just was unable to differentiate them from the Common Mergansers.  The females of the two species are pretty hard for me to tell apart still.

Common Merganser female

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Common Merganser male

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Great Horned Owlets

Great Horned Owlets

I try to get out to the Great Horned Owls nest a couple of times a week and I hadn’t been here in 4 days so I thought I’d check it out this morning.  I first noticed her back on Valentine’s Day, although I don’t know when she actually started nesting in the old hawk’s [Read the full post...]

Birding with my Sons

Birding with my Sons

Jake and Isaac and I went back to Palo Duro Canyon last week to do some hiking, but it was raining pretty hard when we got  there so we just camped out under the bird blind behind the trading post for an hour or so.  Jake took these photos and I though I’d share them [Read the full post...]

More Palo Duro Canyon Birds

More Palo Duro Canyon Birds

Here’s a few more photos from my trip to Palo Duro Canyon a couple of weeks ago.  These were all taken at the bird blind. White-winged Dove White-throated Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow This one is a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow.  Notice the golden stripe down the middle of his head instead of white. White-crowned Sparrows at the [Read the full post...]

Wild Turkey at Palo Duro Canyon

Wild Turkey at Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a little over an hour’s drive south of my home (as opposed to Palo Duro Reservoir, which is about an hour’s drive north of where I live, and another good birding site in the panhandle of Texas.)  They have several hiking trails around the canyon that are pretty good [Read the full post...]

Waterfowl

Waterfowl

Here’s a few photos of some of the late winter waterfowl I’ve seen in the last week or so. Redheads and Lesser Scaups at Spring Canyon. American Wigeons at Thompson Park in Amarillo Mallards and a hybrid Mallard or Manky Duck.  The hybrid is possibly a cross between an Mallard (note the curly tail feathers [Read the full post...]

Greater Roadrunner

Greater Roadrunner

As I was leaving Fritch Fortress at Lake Meredith this morning I came upon this Greater Roadrunner.  It ran along beside the truck for 20 or 25 meters and then stopped.  I stopped and took these photos through the passenger-side window of the truck.  The whole series lasted less than 10 seconds.  I’m not sure exactly [Read the full post...]

Common Merganser

Common Merganser

There have been lots of Common Mergansers at Meredith this winter.  The drakes never seem to bee close enough to get photos of, but this female wasn’t at all shy.  I rarely see one out of the water.  She sat there and preened for 15 minutes and then walked back to the water and swam [Read the full post...]

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