Bruce, Lynn, Tiffany, Mary
We broke for lunch with plans to reconvene at 2pm for more birding. However, a cold rain put pay to this idea as we all decided to fold the hand on the afternoon session. I decided to make at least a small amount of distance east towards Raymondville. Birding in the rain is generally un-fun, but riding in the rain really isn't that bad. I ended up ducking into the Alamo Inn B&B again. I am actually staying in the second building this time around. It is also really cool and has a very nice garden right outside. Over 100 species of butterflies have been found in this garden. It should be a good battle between the bird list and the butterfly lat moving forward!
Alamo Inn, again!
Courtyard outside my room - nice and quiet!
Tomorrow is also a bit of an open day. I do have to make it to Raymondville in the afternoon, but what happens before that is uncertain at this time. The weather in the morning is going to be crappy before clearing a bit in the afternoon. There will also be a north headwind for the better part of the day. I am thinking I will get a late start and make a midday stop at Estero Llano Grande SP. I can kick around there for a few hours before heading north to Raymondville in the afternoon. This will put me in position for the big pygmy-owl search on Tuesday. Once I know the result of this search, I'll be in a position to make decisions about what happens after that.
Here is a photo I took yesterday but did not post since I wanted to work with it a bit. One thing with which I struggle photographically is trying to capture and present the subject in its natural habitat. I find that many/most of my clean background shots do a great job of putting the spotlight on the bird, but they often lack appropriate context without sufficient habitat. My photos do, however, show a level of bird/feather detail beyond that often shown by some other photographers. This problem is that when too much or "busy" habitat is included, it muddles the frame and takes the viewer's focus off of the subject. I really like the balance between bird and habitat here. This is where you most often see roadrunners: skulking along weedy edges as they hunt for prey.
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Canon 400 5.6 on EOS 7D - 1/1600 at f5.6, ISO 640