Today was a pretty awesome birding day! I spent hours at Joe Overstreet Landing and found this amazing bird. I had never seen a Curlew before today. It was very accommodating allowing me to sit and watch and photograph as it pranced around the marshlands I was sitting in. I took so many photos and found most of them appealing in some way just because this bird is quite a show stopper.
Other birds I saw while there include a Female Northern Harrier, a pair of Caracara, a pair of Bald Eagles, Kestrels, Sandhill Crane, Red Shoulder Hawks, Boat Tailed Grackles (that managed to decorate my van in a birdy fashion), Red-Winged Blackbirds, Wilson’s Snipe, Black Skimmers (there were about 20!), Gulls and Terns, Yellow Rumped Warblers, Palm Warblers, Lesser Yellow-Legs, Coots, Moorhens, Anhinga, Belted Kingfisher, Black Vulture and Turkey Vulture. I did not get my Snail Kite, the Whooping Cranes, or the Fox Squirrel I so wanted to photograph!
Later, I went to Three Forks Marsh Prairie Lakes Unit and drove out to Lake Jackson where I found two beautiful Limpkin, multiple pairs of Snail Kites, and a few warbler species.
Tonight I am only posting this Curlew Collage I made, but there will be many more on the way!
All the photos were taken with a Nikon d7000 and a Nikkor 80-400mm VR 4.5 lens. I think I shot these in Aperture or Shutter Mode with some changes to EV and depth.
Get Swamped this weekend, there’s no better place to be! -Jamie
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