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Florida doesn't have all the birds!

Discussion in 'Birds' started by drueter, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. drueter


    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    I finally found some great places in SE Texas to take bird photos that appear to me to be as productive as the Florida locations. The Anahuac NWR and High Island Sanctuaries are about 25 miles apart and about an hour east of Houston. Here are a few from this week at the rookery at Smith Oaks Sanctuary on High Island.

    Proud Parent watching over the young

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    Gathering nesting materials

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    My first Tricolor!!

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    Is this a bad hair day or am I just trying to look prettier?

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    Lots of Spoonbills too!

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    WARNING - Final picture is a Mating photo -- just wanted to warn anyone who doesn't want to see nature at work - or play?

    Making Whoopie in the tree tops

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    Thanks for looking! I'll post some from Anahuac NWR soon.
  2. very nice series of shots. Well done.
  3. Very good seris. Nicely done. I like the #1 and the last.
  4. drueter


    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas

    Thanks for the kind comments! I can't believe it took me so long to find these great places here.
  5. Good show, you have thrown the gauntlet down to the boys from Florida. You have some good shots here and it would seem that the birds in Texas are just as pretty as the birds in Florida.
  6. drueter


    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Dao Dang -- thanks for the nice comments. I also like the first one and wasn't sure how others would react to the last one.
  7. Leigh


    Feb 19, 2005
    Very nice. So many places to shoot so close to you...I'm envious! Keep the great pictures coming.
  8. Nice shots!! :D  :D  :D 
  9. drueter


    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Thanks Gordon! Yes, the birds in Texas are just as pretty!
  10. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    Nice shots, what rig did you use for these?

    You captured some good shots, under what looks like some harsh lighting conditions.
  11. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Dang it....Are Patrick, Greg and I the only ones that don't have tons of exotic birdies to shoot in our back yards.... 8)

    Great shots Don. As you can probably tell, I'm envious. :wink:

  12. drueter


    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    Thanks for all the comments. Yes, Steve, the lighting was very harsh - mid day under brilliant sunshine. Frank, there seem to be many who don't have nearby bird refuges like we have along the coasts, but your shots are always great! Look at it another way -- I don't have any pretty ducks or geese to shoot here - they all seem to have come your way.
  13. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl

    Great job. Tough to say which one I like best. They are all best in the story they tell.

    Excellent job for sure. Glad others have birdies to.

    They are such a thrill to photograph.

    Keep them coming.

    Join us in Florida may 30 thru June 5. :>))
  14. HarryB


    Jan 28, 2005
    Viera, Florida
    Hey Don,

    Pretty good shots for Texas. :lol: Seriously that was a good set for anywhere. If you keep it up we may make you an honoary Floridian.

    Those egrets are very tough to expose for especially in harsh lighting. You had some blown out areas but you did very well considering the conditions.
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