While reviewing photos last night i uncovered a whole unedited album from our next to last day in Big Bend Park. 150 photos which I narrowed down to 6 or 7 and then worked them over. We had driven down to our favorite riverside spot along the Rio Grande river, the hot springs, for a little meditation and soak. We then hiked about 1/2 mile to the springs.
Along the way and return, we saw several birds. The day was overcast and light was bland, however, with a little effort I was able to get some of the pictures to look ok. Not great but ok. All photos shot with 300mm telephoto (200 and 1.4 extender). Notice that the markings of all these birds really blend in with their surroundings so their enemies have a harder time seeing them.
As we walked back to parking lot we heard this warbler deep in the reeds and finally spotted him peeking out from the reeds
|Orange Crowned Warbler|
Above the hot springs this Phoebe would sit on a bare branch looking for insects, then quickly dart out to grab it and zoom back to his perch
|Say's Phoebe looking for insects|
While lounging in the hot springs, I spotted this Sandpiper cruising the shallow river bank seeking out little morsels like snails, insects, tadpoles, etc. He was quick but I managed to get this photo
|Spotted Sandpiper catching a morsel in the river|
We could hear this little Canyon Wren with its distinctive call. Took me a while to find him and then he darts up and down the cliffside rocks.
|Elusive Canyon Wren up on cliffs|
On the way home Sraddha spotted a coyote, so we stopped by the side of the road whereupon we also spotted this hawk perched on a dead mesquite branch about 5 feet off the ground but 50 yards away from the road
|Cooper's Hawk looking for somebody to make a mistake so he can have lunch|
|Coyote lurking around in middle of the morning|