I just got back from vacation in Quintana, Texas. I went to take pictures of the Spring bird migration at the Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. I was fortunate enough to again meet up with Greg Lavaty, who is one of the premier bird photographers in Texas.
The first day was rather overcast, and I wasn’t particularly pleased with many of my pictures. The second day was awesome as a cold front moved in bringing North winds. With the north winds blowing, that tends to slow down the birds who are migrating, and Quintana is quite well known around Texas as being a popular place for witnessing hard to find birds who are resting in their continuing migration.
Before I post some of my better pictures, let me throw out there that I may have found two new favorite birds. The Hooded Warbler and the White Eyed Vireo.
The Brown Thrasher was a bird that I saw almost every day while visiting the Sanctuary. Actually I think there were a couple of them.
The Yellow Throated Warbler is a very pretty bird, but a bit difficult to photograph as they don’t sit still for long, and are often hiding among multiple tree branches.
Then there’s one of my new favorite birds. The White Eyed Vireo. It has a very pretty song and those white eyes are irresistible.
Then there’s my new favorite bird, the Hooded Warbler. This little bird is just absolutely beautiful, but a real challenge to photograph. Unfortunately, this bird was only at the Sanctuary for one day.
Last, but not least, I think I photographed a Bronzed Cowbird. I’m not a huge fan of Cowbirds, but this one was interesting to me because of the red eyes.