David McDonald Photography
February 13, 2008
Bulletin #27 – winter birds Houston area #3
There are a few more waterfowl to complete the photos I have taken the last 2 winters.
These 2 ducks were also photographed in Hermann Park in downtown Houston, but last tear.
This male Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) is a stunning bird. The dark brown head with vertical white stripe in distinctive.
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The male Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) has a purple head, mostly white body, yellow eye and blue and white beak. The ring on the neck is seldom seen! It is brown and the second photo with his neck extended shows this. The female in the 3rd photo is mostly brown with grayish head, white eye ring and yellow eye.
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The Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) at 23” length is one of the larger members of the sandpiper family. Curlews all have downcurved bills. This bird has warm brown plumage and 2 toned bill.
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The Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)is a stately bird at almost 4 feet tall. They breed in northern USA and Canada and winter in the south. This bird was photographed at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, southeast of Houston. The bird is gray with a red crown and wash of rusty color on body.
The second photo shows a crane in flight. Cranes always fly wit their necks extended.
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An unusual Houston visitor this winter was a male Calliope Hummingbird (Stellula calliope). At 3.25 inches in length, it is the smallest bird in North America. It normally lives in the western USA, but this one showed up in someone’s yard in northwest Houston and I was able to visit and photograph the bird. This was a lifer for me. It has a distinctive striped throat. The red throat feathers look black without any light on them.
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On a visit to Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife refuge 50 miles west of Houston, I saw my first Bison (Buffalo) outside of a zoo. They have established a small herd on this refuge. It was an exciting discovery for me.
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All comments and suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.
Happy birding and photography,
photos copyright 2007 - 2008 David McDonald