Archive for November 10th, 2010

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11/11/2010: Black-bellied Whistling Duck!

Okay…so I traveled all day yesterday. 4 airports, 3 planes, 2 cars, etc. etc. So, clearly though I am now in Harlingen TX in the heart of the birdy Rio Grande Valley, I have not had a chance to take any pics. I am actually, while you read this, out leading a field trip to one of the “Secret Jewels” of the Valley…and hopefully taking lots of pictures.

This Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Edinburg Wetlands World Birding Center was digiscoped with a Sony DSLR and an old Minolta MD 45mm pancake lens behind the old 20x eyepiece on the ZEISS Diascope 85FL two years ago.

Light processing in Lightroom.

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11/10/2010: Green Malachite, Rio Grande Valley TX

As you read this, I am on my way to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, Harlingen, and the RGV Birding and Nature Festival. I always try to spend an afternoon at the NABA Butterfly Gardens near Bensten State Park and the World Birding Center. And I always hope for a Malachite. Two years ago, Malachites were fairly common and I got several good shots, though I am still hoping for the perfect one.

Sony DSC H50 at 468mm equivalent, f4.5 @ 1/100 @ ISO 400. Programmed auto.

Processed for Clarity, Vibrance, and Sharpen in Lightroom.

Watch this space for this year’s crop of Rio Grande images. I hope. I hope. 🙂