If you are looking for a new place to see birds, you might try some of the old places instead. Hermann Park is especially nice this time of year as there are great winter visitors and fewer humans.
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Trying to learn Photoshop is like listening to a story where none of the characters are identified, the time frame is not specified, you have on blinders and ear muffs and to get to the end you have to first go to China. Which no one bothered to tell you until you made a big mess of things.
A quick trip to some local parks on New Year’s Eve was highly productive. Those little bitty flitty birds are quite a challenge.
It was a good year. Lots of photos of secretive Soras, shy Least Bitterns and you can never have too many images of Reddish Egrets. We had quite a few great days and I got better at birds-in-flight with all the practice.
Anahuac is the place to be this time of the year. Snow Geese and lots of raptors fill the skies plus Caracaras, American Bitterns and the year-round resident waders. We actually got up early and almost made sunrise.
There is a lot of value in analyzing your own images and making a plan of how your can improve. This week we are going to look at a sequence of 10 images of an Osprey - from perch to flight.
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers have beautiful coloring and are a huge challenge. Most of the time you see them on a post or wire and they fly off before you can even get the camera in position. It was surprising these guys let us walk around aiming the bazookas at them. Even at close distances, it is difficult to keep the long tail in focus and within the frame. They do flick the tail a lot.
Mud flats and marshes close to the coast can be tidal or rain-fed depending on the location. With the abundant rain over the last few weeks a lot of areas are overflowing and too deep for the smaller waders. After cruising around the regular locations we have found our best birding spots to be on the coast.
A welcome winter visitor along our Gulf coast is the Marbled Godwit and we found a small flock on the lawn of a beach house in Surfside. Same old problem… getting them to line up nicely so most are in focus is a challenge. At least these were spread out on the grass; the background was not as distracting.
Oh boy, this week has been so great with the overcast days and cooler temps. We have been out A LOT - the sky is like a huge diffuser and you can shoot from any direction as the birds are evenly illuminated. On Wednesday we went to the Texas City Dike and found a lot of Pelicans and … some cute little green birds.
Oh, tell me more.