One-Year Ago (17-May-2014) — Texas

South Texas Birding Photo Safari with Jason Odell Day 2.

Several birds drinking water at a pond at a private ranch in southern Texas. We were set up in a blind on the other side of the pond, and didn’t have to be patient very long before the birds showed up.

Common Ground Dove Drinking at Dos Vandas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Common Ground Dove Drinking at Dos Venadas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 250, 400 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bronzed Cowbird Drinking at Dos Vandas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 140, 400 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bronzed Cowbird Drinking at Dos Vandas Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 140, 400 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
House Sparrow (?) and Reflection Taking a Drink in a Pond at Campos Viejos Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 500, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
House Sparrow (?) and Reflection Taking a Drink in a Pond at Campos Viejos Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 500, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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