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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Southeast Metropolitan Travis County Park

Desha and I were dragging a bit today. Not recovered from yesterday yet. But we gave it our all. The best species of the day was a photo of the Neotropical Bluet that shows the diagnostic markings better than the individual did yesterday. Again, gratitude to Eric Isley for this find.

Yesterday I struggled with manual focus because I couldn't get autofocus to work. Finally, today I figured out that I had accidentally switched the close focus switch . Duh! So I missed a lot of good stuff because my eyes aren't that good and I'm slow on focusing. But I finally got my groove back today. And it's not the first time I've done that. Maybe not even the second time. I sure hope I realize what the problem is promptly if/when that happens again.

I think these are the first photos I've taken of Carolina Chickadees, so that's nice, even though not a lifer.

And my best Field Sparrow pics to date, which isn't saying much. I was still stuck in manual focus when I took them.

And a nice Christmasy bug. I've no idea what kind.

And a grasshopper I can't ID either.

Fun while it lasted and thanks beyond words to Eric and Desha.

Photo courtesy Eric Isley


  1. Hi Carolyn! I think you have a leather-colored bird grasshopper =) Matt and I blogged about one back when we lived in Waco; it was HUGE! Love the posts, especially glad to see you're nature-ing it up while traveling =) Much love from the vast, frozen north!

  2. Wow, thanks for the ID, Heidi. I'll tell Desha and Eric, who were with me that day.