In early November, I spent a week photographing in the Davis Mountains. The Montezuma and Gambel’s quail were among my priority subjects, but I wanted to get other wildlife, landscapes, and star trails, too.
The lack of moisture had taken its toll on the quail and I was only able to locate a single pair of of Montezumas near Davis Mountains State Park. Then, a one day side trip to Presidio got me into some good Gambel’s quail habitat. Just before sunset that day, I was able to make a few images but the birds were extremely wary.
With some help from the State Park personnel and my campground manager, many of the other species were a little easier to get.
The weather was fantastic, the fall colors were just reaching peak, and the night skies were clear. I would like to get back there next year and spend more time shooting star trails and light painting landscapes. Indeed, the stars were big and bright in the Davis Mountains.
Here are some of the images from that week:
The highway follows Limpia Creek for several miles along the north edge of Davis Mountains State Park and Fort Davis. Large cottonwoods line most of the stream’s banks and make for some wonderful autumn colors.
This sunrise shot was taken with a 100-400 mm lens and Canon 1D Mark III on the Gitzo tripod with monoball head.
This young Anna’s hummingbird had a favorite perch. I was able to get a few captures like this by prefocusing and using a high shutter speed to stop the wings as he landed.
I made this image with a 16-35 mm lens after crawling in close to these bucks just after sunset.
I wrote this newsletter from my laptop, and that’s no easy feat for me. My new desktop is operating with Windows 7 and I haven’t figured out how to make the WordPress software work correctly.
Next week, we will be heading out to Socorro, New Mexico to photograph at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. I have room for another shooter if any of you want to sign on at the last minute.