Category Archives: Photos-Birds

Photos that I have taken of Birds.

SBS: ~Eurasian Collared -Dove ~

Sheila’s Bird Shots: ~Eurasian Collared -Dove ~

This afternoon, while sitting on my deck, I was treated to some Dove Love. How fitting since it is my Anniversary!

Eurasian Collared-Dove (female)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (female)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (pair)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (pair)
Female asking for a kiss
Female asking for a kiss
Eurasian Collared-Dove (pair kissing)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (pair kissing)

This image was not real sharp and I wanted to include it to show the mating behavior so I decided to make it sepia

Beautiful Love Birds
Beautiful Love Birds
Love Birds doing what Love Birds do
Love Birds doing what Love Birds do

SBS:~ Swainson’s Hawk ~

Sheila’s Bird Shots ~ Swainson’s Hawk ~

On August 3, 2013, I spotted this beautiful Swainson’s Hawk, sitting high on a utility pole, scouting for lunch near a Prairie Dog community.

A little later it flew to a different pole. I could tell from the poop these must be favorite spots to scout for prey.

(Light and location wasn’t the best, but you take the shot and see what you get.)

Swainson's Hawk (light morph)
Swainson’s Hawk (light morph)
Swainson's Hawk (light morph) ~Looking Left~
Swainson’s Hawk (light morph)
~Looking Left~
Swainson's Hawk (light morph) ~Looking right~
Swainson’s Hawk (light morph)
~Looking right~
Swainson's Hawk in Black and White
Swainson’s Hawk in Black and White
~Sepia~  Swainson's Hawk
~Sepia~ Swainson’s Hawk

SBS:~Baby Western Scrub Jays~

Sheila’s Bird Shots ~ Western Scrub Jays

Beautiful Baby Scrub
Beautiful Baby Scrub

Yesterday the Mama Western Scrub Jay introduced her two babies to one of my birdbaths in the backyard. This was the first time I have seen these two babies. I was able to capture a few images of them.

SBS:~Western Kingbird/Take Two~

Western Kingbird
Western Kingbird

Sheila’s Bird Shots…..

Guess where we went today? 

If you guessed to check on our motorhome you would be correct.

Last week’s visit was to remove two, five year old start batteries, which were going bad and this week was to install the newly purchased start batteries. We have a total of eight batteries in our rig, two start and six house. Thankfully, the six house batteries are only three years old!

While hubby was installing the batteries, I mean what could I possibly have done, I was again photographing the beautiful, Western Kingbirds. 

My foray into the Western Kingbirds space was more successful than last Saturdays. No circling or fussing at me. We were still separated by a high chain link fence, but I was able to capture these images.

Western Kingbird
Western Kingbird

SBS:~Western Kingbird~

Sheila’s Bird Shots: ~ Western Kingbird ~

Western Kingbird
Western Kingbird

On Saturday we took a ride to check on our motorhome, which is stored about seven miles from our home. While there I noticed several Western Kingbirds perched in Cottonwood trees that run along a fence line separating the storage facility from an open grassland.

I wanted to try to capture an image of these Flycatchers. I got my camera and slowly approached the fence so as not to scare them. I stopped not too far away and just stood there hoping they would get use to seeing me. 

After a few minutes, one of the Western Kingbirds flew high into the air and came gliding down toward me. This fearless, striking gray and yellow bird then continued to fly in circles around me as it gave me a scolding.  Loud, buzzing, vocals combined with graceful, acrobatics. How fun.

A few seconds of this behavior and it flew back to its perch. I stood there for a couple more minutes, thoroughly scolded, but not deterred. The Kingbird must have decided I was not a threat, because I was ignored after that.

I was able to observe, their gymnastic flying and hunting abilities as they snatched bugs out of the air. There was plenty of “fussing” between the Kingbirds, I guess reminding each other which Cottonwood tree was theirs.

These photos are my first images of Western Kingbirds. Wish I could have gotten closer.

Got Ya!
Got Ya!
Western Kingbird - after a bug.
Western Kingbird – after a bug.
Western Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Western Kingbird - its too hot!
Western Kingbird – its too hot!

SBS:~Mockingbird~

Sheila’s Bird Shots: ~ Northern Mockingbird ~

~ I'am sure you can't see me ~
~ I’am sure you can’t see me ~

     Growing up in the South the Northern Mockingbird was a common sight. As a kid I enjoyed its repertoire of notes and mimicking vocals. It is a beautiful songbird with a huge personality.

     The Mockingbird will defend a large territory, up to two acres, and often will chase just about anything that happens to cluelessly meander into its home base.  An area this large it must keep darn busy. 

     I have been dive-bombed many times. Birds, dogs and cats watch out it will peck you on the head, on the butt, and everywhere in between if you get anywhere near its nest.

     Sitting from a high perch the Mockingbird likes to sing when other birds are peacefully roosting. If you have ever laid awake at night with the window open and are lucky enough to live in the Northern Mockingbird’s range, you probably have been lulled to sleep by its pleasing, repetitive song.

     As an adult, I enjoy seeing and hearing this enchanting songbird. Its presence always brings back delightful memories for me of playing in the yard and climbing trees. 

     Don’t you wish we could climb trees again with nothing more to worry about than getting harassed by a Northern Mockingbird?

Northern Mockingbird had enough of me (taken in Jonathan Dickinson State Park)
Northern Mockingbird had enough of me (taken in Jonathan Dickinson State Park)

SBS:~ Scissor-tailed Flycatcher~

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

These graceful birds are fun to watch!

Some dear friends of ours are currently traveling toward home, in their motorhome. They spent several days at Lake Whitney, TX and while there, they were entertained by six, comical Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. How exciting to see six at once. 

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Their funny story reminded me of some photos I took of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, back in April of 2012 at Caprock Canyon State Park. (Hope ya’ll enjoy these.)

Caprock Canyon State Park is located in Briscoe County, Texas, south of Amarillo.

It is known for its deep, colorful ravines and the fact that it is home to the official Bison Herd in the state of Texas.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher