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On the Hunt for Owls

Shorthorn Cattle
This year, I purposely didn't attend the Day of the Dead festival downtown over the weekend. I wanted to get out more with nature and quiet solitude instead of the bustle of revelers. As I traveled some of the back roads near Chapman Ranch land to find burrowing owls in the culverts along the county roads; or hawks that are oftentimes seen in this area, I was flabbergasted at the numbers of the wind generators along and in the cotton or sorghum fields. The last time I was here [just a little over a few months back] the construction and erecting them, the generators were only a couple...total. Now, there are hundreds. Everywhere you look!!






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I didn't find any burrowing owls, but the doves, cattle, cotton bales, horses, grackles, were seen in high count! Two kildeer were seen in the plowed fields Also, atop the power lines along the desolate county roads, many many american ketrels were perched. From years of birding experience, if I would stop the car and get out with my camera...before I could aim and focus they would have been gone. In fact even when I slow down to a snail's pace they fly off. But, as I crept down the road, I stopped the car, finally, at one point, and aimed through the car's windshield, knowing all too well the photos would come out blurred and not true colors since the window glass is tinted.

American Kestrel [once known as Sparrow Hawk] and Kildeer

...leaving the area, and traveling back toward town, I veered off on another country road in hopes of seeing more early morning birds. In the distance I saw a hawk high on top of another power pole! It was a big one I could tell 'cause I was still quite a distance from it. Once again, I had to rely on the binoculars with the view through the windshield....just to ID it. It was a Red-tailed Hawk! But, even before I could put down my viewing glasses, it flew off into the opposite field and disappeared over the tree canopies. Dang! But...I found it once again. Along the power lines/poles that were running through the fields and trees, it had stopped and...well, so did I! I tried to zoom in on it. I figured it was about 1/4 mile away from me. As I tried to focus, I could see it was watching me!! At that distance, the photos wouldn't be all that good. I still snapped the shutter button and hoped for the best. More pictures are still on the camera's SD card.


Red Tailed Hawk

Once I made it out of the ranch land and onto a paved, heavily-trafficked road, I drove through a little tiny suburb of "London"!  It consists of not much but a cotton gin, a few subdivisions of showcase homes and a school district! Also, on the opposite side of the highway, just before the freeway interchange, there is a hidden gem. I pulled off the road and got out to take photos. That'll be my next blog post.







30 comments :

  1. That is a great shot, showing how intently he was watching YOU as you took those pictures. :-)

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    1. Yes...I got a kick out of the hawk watching ME!

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  2. There are many of those wind generators around here - in what used to be farmland. I sure anticipate seeing your hidden gem!

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  3. Hello, Anni! Nice sightings of the Kestrel, Killdeer and the Red-tailed hawk. Happy November, have a happy Wednesday!

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    1. Thanks & happy November to you too!

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  4. oh no, now I have to wait on a cliffhanger post... trying to guess what you saw. LOVE the short horn cows. I love cows, all of them... I think the photos are great through the windshield. I am betting those wind thingy's make a racket when they are all turning.. have never seen them in real life.

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  5. Of course you caught my attention with the cute cows! But also, now I have a new destination if I ever get around Texas. London, Texas sparked my curiosity and I had to google it. Looks like a must visit place, thanks.

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    1. That is probably ANOTHER London, Tx.

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  6. Now I can't wait till your next post! What are these wind generators powering?? I did not know there are cattle actually called short horned! We have quite a few long horned around here.

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  7. Those are pretty good shots for zooming in and theough the windshield

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    1. Thanks...I think the colors aren't good.

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  8. the lights are 20 feet of copper wire with 100 lights or maybe 133, 9.99 for the one. I like them because they can be shaped around or through or own, perfect for a small tree to

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  9. Nice captures! We have wind generators east of the mountains here, too. I worry about how they affect the birds - they can be deadly. Maybe that is why all the raptors....:(

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  10. Those wind generators are quite incredible to see. They look big, but occasionally we will see a truck hauling just one blade and it always strikes me how huge just one blade is!
    Hawks are so majestic! And now I'm waiting for the next post.

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  11. I only know of one of those wind generators around here and that is near Poteet, Texas. Not to say there aren't more but we cover the country roads fairly well. They amaze me, I too saw one being hauled and at first thought it was an airplane wing. Anxious to see what your surprise will be.

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    1. They are colossal, that they are!!!

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  12. an owl and windmills, pretty shots as always.

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  13. Just wanted to let you know that the stretch cord I mentioned on my blog is like an elastic nylon string

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  14. I have yet to get a good photo of a kestrel...they alway take off for me, too. I posted a couple pics on my Time Stand Still blog that you might like....

    Wind turbines fascinate me...

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  15. Anonymous11/02/2017

    My husband and brother took a trip across the U.S. from GA a few years back and took many photos of the wind generators - something we do not see here. I always enjoy your photography and learn a lot here. I hope you will have a pleasant night.

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    1. Thanks Mildred....have a pleasant weekend!!

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