Since my last newsletter, the whooping crane instructional photo tour has filled and we need two or three more photographers for a second tour on Thursday and Friday, January 12-13. If you can go, give me a call or email.
As you can see by the photo above, we get pretty close to these extremely rare birds during most of our tours.
There will be other bird and landscape photography opportunities during the whooping crane photo tours. Great blue herons, various warblers, brown pelicans, long-billed curlews, American oystercatchers, osprey and other birds are some of our more common photo subjects when we aren’t photographing whoopers.
Last week, I spent a few days in Wichita Falls with relatives. That gave me some time to work on backyard birds like blue jays, cardinals and sparrows. I simply had to prepare a natural looking set that included a nice stump, a vine, and some oak leaves with autumn color thrown in for good measure. Within 10 minutes, the birds were arriving and I spent much of two afternoons shooting.
Low, heavy clouds and rain hampered my efforts a little, but the fill flash helped boost the colors and give the birds some “eye shine”. Here are several samples of what I got.
I tried shooting with a blooming rose bush in the background, but the red flower was a bit much, so it was removed for most of the shooting.
When I’m hanging around home, I visit some of the area photography ranches. As most you know, one never gets all the shots one needs, no matter how common the subject. I continue trying to get great shot of birds like verdin, Harris’s hawk and yellow-rumped warbler. I got these shots about three weeks ago.
So, this is what I’ve been up to. Join me for whooping cranes or south Texas birds after the holidays (firstname.lastname@example.org or 956-682-3251).