Apparently I haven't put any bird photos up here in a while, what's that all about? Unacceptable! So to alleviate that issue, here's some Texas birds for you. (Above) Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) who sat still for about 5 minutes and a Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) sitting in perfect evening light. Thanks, guys. (Below) Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens). If you look closely you can see he or she's got some grub in the mouth for nestlings in a nearby cavity.
(Above) Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) imitating a T-rex or some sort of dinosaur. It was a really foggy 'meh' kinda day and the light was pretty ridiculously bad, but this pose is awesome. I always get excited to see them in the Hill Country since they aren't overly common around where I usually dwell. They dig the scrubby desert scene (as do I) so it's kinda fun to see them every now and then. (Below) Summer Tanager (Piranga ruba) striking a pose. They've got a real pretty song and an even cooler call.
(Below) Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo Olivaceus) pulling the legs off an unfortunate grasshopper. I probably messed my neck up taking this photo, as he was directly above me and that'snot the most comfortable position with a heavy 500mm lens. Ah well, made for a fun shot. Below him are a horde of Cliff Swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonta) just saying hey. World Bird Wednesday