Readers’ wildlife photos

Karen Bartelt is back with some lovely bird photos; her text and IDs are indented:

In early November, my husband and I took a birding/”lepping” trip to the southern tip of Texas, travelling from S. Padre island through Brownsville, and along the border to just south of Laredo.  It’s a surreal region, with many miles of border wall, and it would not be an exaggeration to say we saw 100 Border Patrol vehicles in the space of a week.  And it was over 90 degrees every day. I’ve been trying to figure out how to organize these photos, and decided to start with the eastern end of the trip and go west.  Here are some photos from the South Padre Island Birding Center.
This green jay (Cyanocorax yncas) was at our B&B.  They were common throughout this part of Texas:
White ibis (Eudocimus albus) at the Briding center boardwalk:
American wigeon (Anas americana):
Northern pintail couple (Anas acuta):
Roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) with a jealous common gallinule (Gallinula galeata) looking on:
Mottled duck (Anas fulvigula).  Mottled ducks have a black spot at the base of the beak, but they also interbreed with mallards, so this may possibly be a “muddled duck”, a hybrid.
Snowy egret (Egretta thula):


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 1, 2017 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    So good!

    I’m learning there are more jays than just the blue kind.

  2. Posted December 1, 2017 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    These are all simply lovely, and with interesting commentary.
    I especially note how the water in several of these pictures looks delicately painted. A real cool effect!

  3. Posted December 1, 2017 at 8:59 am | Permalink


  4. Hempenstein
    Posted December 1, 2017 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    The Northeastern US could use a nice green bird like that. The absence of any perhaps related to the seasonal climate and deciduous trees? Yet there are green woodpeckers in Yurp, altho not as nice a green.

    • Karen E Bartelt
      Posted December 1, 2017 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      I would like to see a bird like this in the Midwest, also!

  5. rickflick
    Posted December 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    All nice closeups. What equipment did you use?

    • Karen E Bartelt
      Posted December 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      Just my little Lumix + Digital Photo Professional.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted December 1, 2017 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

        Great snaps, thank you!

        That S. Padre Island is a strange place to my Brit eyes – flatter than Holland & damned hot. I took a tour via google maps & noted the condos unprotected from any hurricane that chooses to land. I looked up the Wiki & a condo was pulled down because of settlement of the foundations into what is basically sand. There must be huge potential profits to make it worth building tall or it’s some sort of tax dodge I don’t understand.

        Send more pics!

  6. Posted December 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    My Dad, an avid birder, always loved to go to that part of Texas. Apparently the diversity of birds is amazing. Nice photos.

  7. claudia baker
    Posted December 1, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful shots. I especially love the green jay.

  8. Posted December 1, 2017 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Wow, gorgeous, thanks!

  9. Posted December 1, 2017 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Wow beautiful one

  10. Posted December 2, 2017 at 5:16 am | Permalink

    The green jay looks interesting. Thanks for the pics!

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