March at Laguna Seca

Jumping from January into March, I found myself back at Laguna Seca Photo Ranch.  These trips sandwiched many days of working on photo files and shooting magazine assignments.  Winter just slipped by while I was housebound.

Anyway, the following shots reflect a day of wonderful  photography, mostly from the regular blinds.  I kept only one photo from the raptor blind shoot in the morning.  About mid-afternoon, a batch of wild turkeys began coming and going from the pond at my afternoon blind.  The flock included several large gobblers who were strutting and gobbling for about two hours.

Crested Caracara juvenile in flight.

I really like the curled primary feathers on the landing bird.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker landing on prickly pear.
Northern Cardinal, male, bathing, s. Texas.
Orange-crowned Warbler bathing.
Strutting turkey gobbler.
Strutting wild turkey gobbler and reflection.
Wild turkey gobblers on the alert.
Wild turkey gobbling.

It takes some skill to work a box call and then grab the camera to capture the gobbler’s reply.  In this case, I handed the call to another photographer and asked him to give it one squawk.  I was ready.

These turkeys were a total surprise for me.  It’s the first time I’ve seen gobblers at Laguna Seca Ranch, but hopefully not the last.


Catching Up on Winter and Spring

It’s been so long since I put together a newsletter, I almost forgot my password.  But, here we are, so lets review.  Way back in January, I spent a day at Laguna Seca Photo Ranch and got some nice shots early.  We were hoping the white-tailed hawks would make an appearance; that didn’t happen.  A plethora of caracaras came to the bait, so we had fun while that lasted.

Black Vulture landing as crested caracara flies away.
Crested Caracara coming in for a landing at photo blind.
juvenile Crested Caracara grooming adult.
Caracara display.
Crested Caracara displaying.
Juvenile crested caracara landing.

This young bird is coming back for more even though it obviously got a crop full on an earlier visit.

Crested Caracara turning in flight.
Crested Caracara and black vultures on deer carcass, s. Texas.
Eastern Meadowlark in grassland, s. Texas.
Heavily cropped image of adult white-tailed hawk that never came close to the photo blind.

Most of these flight shots were done with the Canon 100-400 lens while the ground shots were made with the 500 mm lens.