We visited Falcon Lake in Southern Texas in October 2010. At that time the lake and the Rio Grande River feeding into it were both flooded. I don’t know whether that was a contributing factor, but the birds were so scarce that I only had the opportunity to photograph some skittish shorebirds and one other bird mentioned later.
As we hiked I was only able to get within about 40 yards of a few Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets before they flew off. Given that subject distance and the fact that my camera and 100-400mm lens were handheld, I felt lucky to get the not-so-sharp shots that I did.
One of the Snowy Egrets seemed to be struggling with a fish it had just caught.
In my never-ending quest to become better at capturing birds in flight, I managed to get a shot of a Great Egret flying by.
After our hike we decided to sit at one of the picnic tables near the campground for a quick lunch. A Greater Roadrunner walked out of the nearby bushes and approached us cautiously. I guess it was hoping for a handout, which it didn’t get.
In this blog I follow a rule against posting photographs of birds or animals that have been “baited” into photo-ops. We didn’t throw out food to bring this bird toward us. However, perhaps posting this photo violates the rule, because the roadrunner might have thought it was going to be baited.
The map below shows the locations were the above photos were taken. Hover over or click on a marker to see the caption of the photo taken at that location.