All photos taken at the amazing South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, where the new boardwalks give wonderful photographic opportunities. Here is some evidence from an amateur photographer:
Great White Egret and Laughing Gulls competing for food
There was only one possible outcome...
Black-bellied (Grey) Plover
Little Heron plus a birding gentleman who gave me something that he said changed his life: a Gideon's Bible
Great (White) Egret
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Posted by BW at 1:56 PM
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The classic crest-up, tail-up pose
Greater Roadrunners appear to be habitual sunbathers. They turn their backs to the sun and raise up the feathers on the rump, lower back and mantle. The feathers appear to be incredibly erectile all over, but they are also able to sit very flat, so that the roadrunner can be a remarkable shapeshifters.
The crest is particularly erectile
This bird was so tame, it was coming straight for me, looking for food nearby. I really had to back off to get all (or even most) of the bird in the frame, even though I was using a 300mm lens.
Look at the change in shape between this and the previous photo
When they want to, roadrunners can flatten themselves as low as lizards, to creep along on their bellies and get under the lowest-hanging branches. Their legs appear very strong and flexible.
Posted by BW at 12:24 PM