23 miles of riding + ~5 miles of leisurely walking at Sabal Palms
Sabal Palms Sanctuary is about as far south as one can go in Texas. It sits right on the border, and it has some very unique tropical-type habitat. I visited the sanctuary on my 2008 Texas trip so I knew basically what to expect. Barring the appearance of some mega rarity (Golden-crowned warbler, White-throated thrush, e.g.), today would be a relaxing day of birding in this unique setting. Birding in here is really tough since the foliage is so thick.
Nashville warbler - 49% of total warblers. Dozens everywhere
Orange-crowned warbler - 49% of total warblers. Dozens everywhere
Common yellowthroat - 5?
Black-throated green warbler - 2
Black-and-white warbler - 4?
Yellow-rumped warbler - 1
Wilson's warbler - 1
Ovenbird - 1
Yellow-throated warbler - 1
Tropical parula - 1
Black-throated gray warbler -1
Townsend's warbler -1
Yellow-throated warbler from today
Townsend's warbler from today
Tropical parula from Resaca SP yesterday.
It was quite far off.
I also spent a few minutes in the Sabal butterfly garden (I can see Sonia's head about to explode). I snapped a few quick pics. Photographing these is so easy that my life/photo list is going to be one and the same. I did not take pics of everything, but here are a few. I'll need to get a butterfly book so I can figure out who is who and who is related to who. I know NOTHING at this stage. I have included a few from yesterday as well since I only today got around to downloading them. I am curious about how people list butterflies. Does seeing the caterpillar count on the butterfly list? I doubt I will get into listing butterflies, I am just curious as to the conventions. I'd get into butterfly photography before I got into listing them, but I'd want to know what I was shooting nonetheless.
Red admiral(?) from yesterday with real camera
Real camera today
Real camera today. This guy was really pretty.
The Canon 400mm f/5.6 lens is a TERRIBLE lens for butterfly photography since its minimum focusing distance (MFD) is 11.5 feet. The iPhone shots are taken from very close (less than 1 foot). This is why the iPhone shots look just as good if not better than shots taken with the "real camera". The new 100-400 f/4-5.6 would be idea with a MFD of 3.5 feet (older version MFD is @6 feet if I remember correctly).