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No Theme, Just Pictures

Most blogs have some sort of theme: species, seasonal, rarities, or trip. This blog is none of the aforementioned. I have a hodge podge of interesting photos I wanted to share with you that others have sent in. Such as this photo of a Loggerhead Shrike taken by Joe Thompson:

Loggerhead_Shrike

Joe happened to find the shrike posing nicely in front of his red workshop. What the shrike did next….well…you’ll have to take a look.

The next group of fascinating photos comes from Kim Walton; he captured the wild nightlife at Dyess AFB with his wildlife camera. Do you know what this is coming to water?

BNOW_lands

And below is a photo of the Eastern Bluebird eggs Marsha found in her mom’s nestbox at the end of the season:

Bluebird_Eggs

Me, I’ve pretty much been a slacker; just bummin’ around outside listening to quail and watching the leaves turn:

Fall

Hey, we really do have fall in the Big Country.

Yep, I told you it was a No Theme Gallery. Take a look at the rest of the pictures, I’m sure you’ll enjoy! Thanks to all who contributed their photos. Please keep ‘em coming!

That’s Not a Red-tail!

So there we were Saturday morning, happily cruising along a Haskell County road when perched atop a double utility pole was a hawk-like shape:

PRFA

“Stop the car!” “That’s not a Red-tail!” Screech! Everyone grabs their bins and sees:

PRFA

“Oh, Wow!” We gotta get the scope on this one!”

PRFA

A Prairie Falcon! A life bird for Dan and only the third sighting for me! Looks sorta like a Peregrine, doesn’t it? But the sandy-brown color and that area of dark on its flanks (sides) along with the white behind the eye is diagnostic. We take a few minutes to admire this little (16″) falcon of open grasslands and quickly get our cameras on it. Heidi’s digiscoped image wins hands down against my itty-bitty 400mm zoom lens. Before our admiration expires, however, it takes off and flies farther away from us, leaving us too soon.

“What a great find!” “This will be the birding highlight of our trip!” But what we saw next redefined highlight:

Geese

We watched with our mouths open as thousands and thousands of geese settled on top of a local lake. Every geese that came in for a landing had to announce that he was about to land so make room! By the time they all landed, Dan shot some great video and there was a little empty patch of blue water left.

Yes! We are planning another field trip to this area to give all a chance to see this marvel of nature. Watch for upcoming announcements. To view what other species of birds we saw, please see our November 1, 2008 list.