UTSWMC Rookery

Went down to the University Of Texas South West Medical Center Rookery (UTSWMC).  It was the first time I was able to capture all 8 species that nest there all in the same day.

Tricolored Heron Snowy Egret Black-Crowned Night-Heron Great White EgretWhite Ibis Cattle EgretLittle Blue Heron Anhinga

Some bonus birds: Female Cow Bird

Spring 2016 photos

Some information about each breed

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Kent

Butterflies at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden

I had been hearing about how cool the butterflies were at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.  I had also heard that the crowds made it tough to get decent photos.

So I decided that most good God fearing people should be at church or with Family on Easter and headed down to see what it was all about.

Very cool place.  They brought in over three thousand butterflies and cocoons.  Once they hatch out they live on average two to three weeks.  There is only one week left in the exhibit.  This year the dates were March first – April 3rd 2016. They only do this like every third year.

I ended up taking my 5D3 with my 100mm Macro and my 1DX paired with the 100-400mm MK2.

I tried to look up as many names and locations as I could find in the guide.

Atlas Moth – AsiaKJ5D5418-FrameShop Zebra Mosaic – Central AmericaKJ5D5421-FrameShop Tiger Longwing – Central AmericaKJ5D5429-FrameShop Blue Morpho – Central AmericaKJ5D5434-FrameShop No clue, not in the guide handout, but would say some type of Swallowtail.KJ5D5442-FrameShop Sara Longwing – Central America KJ5D5445-FrameShop Doris Longwing – Costa RicaKJ5D5459-FrameShop Tiger Longwing – Central America KJ5D5466-FrameShop  Blue Morpho – Central AmericaPBKJ6781-FrameShop No clue, not in the guide handoutPBKJ6799-FrameShop No clue, not in the guide handoutPBKJ6800-FrameShop Paper Kite – Malaysia PBKJ6801-FrameShop No clue, not in the guide handoutPBKJ6822-FrameShop No clue, not in the guide handoutPBKJ6826-FrameShop Blue Morpho – Central America finally got one to open it’s wings.PBKJ6834-FrameShopWell worth the $10 admission.  I stayed for about 90 minutes.  I definitely will be going back next time it comes back.  Lots of people with camera phones, but I saw one lady shooting slow-motion video so I tried on on a Swallowtails since they hardly ever land.

To learn more about this event you can visit www.bitg16.org

I need to check both local Rookeries for babies this coming week.

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Wood Ducks

Finally made it over to Fort Worth to photograph some wood ducks.  By the time I got there the light was terrible and the wind was picking up so there was a pretty good chop on the pond!  Wood Ducks are the North American cousin to the Mandarin duck I have been photographing.

Hey, I think I heard a female wood duck!PBKJ6045-FrameShop

8 males all hanging out together.  Too much lens to get more than 4 in the frame at one time.PBKJ6068-FrameShop

OK fatboy, turn the call off, you my friend are not a female wood duck!PBKJ6086-FrameShop PBKJ6100-FrameShop

Looking like a decoy!PBKJ6122-FrameShop

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The rookery

Found a Rookery full of nesting Great Blue Heron’s.  More to come as I watch the eggs hatch.  They don’t like me being there and are very skittish!

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Still looking for the local Great Horned Owl nest, but I have found a pair of nesting Red Tail Hawks.

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