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Monday, May 29, 2017

Long but good day

A mouse in the house woke me at 4 AM and I couldn't get back to sleep. Then at 7 AM Mac and I headed for the Davis Mountains to take pictures. So I'm exhausted, but it was a good day.

Not that I'm happy with any of my photos; I'm not. Here's a very cooperative female Two-tailed Swallowtail. I'm not happy with it because of the fly on its antenna, not to mention it's on a feeder instead of a natural background.

I was satisfied with these Acorn Woodpecker shots, although it wasn't a species I particularly wanted more photos of.

On our way back to CMO we stopped by the Burrowing Owl site hoping to find one by its burrow. We found one but it flushed before we could photograph it. While searching for burrows with owls around them, quite a ways from the road I spotted one in its burrow. Too distant for a good shot by me, but Mac got good shots. Here's mine. At least it was far enough away that it didn't flush.

When I got home the offending mouse was in my trap, and it started raining lightly. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cooler as promised

Only got up to 90° today, which was a welcome relief after the triple-digit temps for the last 3 days. So I watered moderately, still hoping for rain soon, but not getting my hopes too high.

Nothing inspired me to lug the Canon around or take photographs while watering though. Later I took a couple of test shots of the only thing handy, a Sleepy Orange, one of my most common butterflies. I think it turned out pretty good, so hopefully I'm learning.

Tomorrow Mac and I are going into the Davis Mountains to attempt to photograph Magnificent Hummingbirds, or anything else interesting we come across. It was horribly windy today. Hope it calms down by tomorrow.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Enduring the heat

Tomorrow is supposed to be cooler and a chance of rain all next week, so just having to get through these last 3 days of triple-digit heat.

A couple of days ago we went to the park looking for Blue-throated Hummingbirds since Mac had never seen one. He took this photo of me totally unbeknownst to me. I'm usually pretty aware of what's going on around me, so I was really surprised.

We did find at least one Blue-throated. Since I hadn't lugged my Canon, my pics weren't very good. Probably wouldn't have been if I had lugged it either. This is it. The bird only perched way up in a tree.

The new tower along Terlingua Ranch road seems to be finished, but my cell phone still doesn't work there, so I'm not sure what the deal is. I think they just don't have the system operational yet.

Can't wait to get back to CMO tomorrow.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Never satisfied

Back in town after my one day trip to CMO to photograph the Broad-billed Hummingbird. I'm very dissatisfied with my photos of the bird. Sure hope it's still around when I get back down there so I can try again.

Coming to town, I couldn't resist snapping a couple Burrowing Owl shots as  I went by their nesting area.

Meanwhile, stuck in town I photographed some of the Mexican Hat flowers here. It intrigues me to see the varieties of color they exhibit, all in the same patch.

Forecast looks good for a chance of rain. Got my fingers crossed. But just cooling off will be an improvement. It was 104° at CMO yesterday.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Continuing Broad-billed Hummingbird

Got shots of the Broad-billed Hummingbird early this morning and it stayed around all day. Of course my shots aren't as good as Mac's but here is one of them.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Saw a Lucifer Hummingbird female with a tangle of cobwebs on her bill and head. Lots of nesting and courting activity going on these days.

UPDATE: After I got to town I got a text from Mac that he photographed a male Broad-billed Hummingbird at the oasis so I headed back down tonight. Hoping to locate it tomorrow, but meanwhile, here is one of Mac's shots. So envious!