Altamira Oriole

12 03 2019

Spent a wonderful afternoon at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, TX with my high school friend, Vanessa. I was using my Nikon D850 for macro shots, my iPhone for overall shots, and my Nikon Coolpix P1000 for bird shots. There is such diversity of wildlife in this sanctuary that is adjacent to Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. I wanted to see this sanctuary before “the wall” cuts through the middle of it. I talked at length with an employee of the center and learned quite a bit about the issues related to the wall, as well as the myriad water and environmental laws that are being circumvented for this project.

This is an Altamira Oriole, just one of the many unusual birds we saw this afternoon.

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Winter cleaning find

8 12 2017

Yet another spring cleaning session last week…this time in the “craft room,” where I prepare matted photos, make jewelry, sew, craft and such. Biggest task is to go through boxes of papers to file…and I always run across random photos, like this one shot by my friend Karen back in the late 80s. We were outside her townhouse (I rented a room from her, and we had just returned from Giant Food, where we both worked as graphic designers). This little sparrow landed on the brick wall surrounding the back patio and eventually landed on my hand (with a little coaxing with a piece of bread). Everyone who saw this photo said, “oh, it must have been sick.” Seriously? It couldn’t be that I just might be a sparrow whisperer? Hmm? (This was during my curly hair perm days, which earned me the nickname of Curl Girl by my friends Karen and Nina.)

© Karen Byer-Storch

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Nesting

30 04 2015

A Mourning dove has built her nest in a plant pot on the top of my gardening bench. You can see part of one of two babies to her right (black with white streaks). I can’t do my annual cleanup in that area until after flying lessons are given! Isn’t she pretty? (iPhone 6 with Snapseed2)

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Road trip in Iceland: Lone puffin

12 06 2014

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Road trip in Iceland: Puffin

9 06 2014

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Road trip in Iceland: Puffin

9 06 2014

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Re-post: Flamingos

16 12 2013

Originally posted 12.2009

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I believe I shot this image of flamingos at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. I’ve always loved this composition, and it was one of my first images I selected to send to ScanCafe. Notice the “S-curve” composition?

Interesting Sidebar: I read on Wikipedia that “a well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly colored and thus a more desirable mate; a white or pale flamingo, however, is usually unhealthy or malnourished. Captive flamingos are a notable exception; many turn a pale pink as they are not fed carotene at levels comparable to the wild.” The amount of pigment laid down in the feathers depends on the quantity of pigment in the flamingo’s diet. An absence of carotenoids in its food will result in new feather growth that is very pale; the existing pigment is lost through molting. Flamingos in captivity require a special diet to ensure they preserve their striking colors.

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