Thursday, March 19, 2009

SkyWatch Friday #36

After four days of much-needed rain, the heavens over southeast Texas have turned a brilliant blue once again. And while we have awoken over the past several mornings to some of the thickest fog we've seen in months, once the mists burn off we are enjoying beautiful spring weather and cloudless skies.

To celebrate the gorgeous weather, I took off from work one morning and headed back down toward the coast on a solo outing to San Bernard NWR. Just as I arrived in the reserve, the sun burned through the last patches of fog to reveal a glorious blue sky. And while there weren't any interesting cloud formations at which to gaze, there was plenty to garner my SkyWatching attention as herons, hawks, ibises, gulls and more filled the skies.

White-faced Ibises - 3/16/2009
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White Ibises - 3/16/2009

Anhinga - 3/16/2009

I'll post more pictures from the trip as soon as I can finish weeding through them all.


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36 comments:

Rob Ripma said...

Awesome flight shots, I especially like the Anhinga shot!

the daily said...

2nd and 3rd is my fav....

My entry for SWF this week : in HERE. Hope you have time to visit . Thanks

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Looks like the birds are enjoying the gorgeous weather too.

Guy D said...

Fantastic photos, thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

kden said...

I love when the sun burns through the fog. Those are amazing shots of the birds, and I'm sure I have never seen any of them so thanks for showing them off.

P-TER said...

Amezing pictures !
Great shots!
Gr.
P-TER

Janie said...

Great bird photos. I love seeing them in flight.

Jeannelle said...

Great captures of these birds in graceful flight. Happy SWF!

Photo Cache said...

All photos are beautiful. I love the last one th best. Happy weekend.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

just lovely esp the detail on the last bird

Rune said...

Very beautiful, great birdshot!

Sylvia K said...

Awesome photos! They do look like happy birds! happy to be in that beautiful blue, blue sky!

bowledover said...

These are lovely pictures. I too think that the birds are displaying their satisfaction for the change in the weather.

Tarolino said...

Nothing much is so pleasing to the eye as birds in flight. You have caught them absolutely perfectly. The last one is a masterpiece if I ever saw one.

Lene said...

Beautiful picrures all of them :) I have to practice photographing birds :) Well done :)

Arija said...

Wow! All great flight shots, but the White Ibis riding the light are just great!

Sally said...

Ah, how can you not love the power of flight.

Barb said...

Wow! Great flight captures against your TX sky. Lovely!

Lew said...

Beautiful shots, all worth the day off to see!

Kallen305 said...

I LOVE your sky photos this week. Awesome is right. I love flight photos of birds.

Debbie @Like a Rose said...

What great shots! Very impressive.

SandyCarlson said...

These are magnificent.

Owlfarmer said...

It's lovely to see more than the usual suspects in the sky. Hawks and herons are about as good as it gets here north of Dallas, unless it's the occasional barred owl at evening. Thanks for these lovely views of incredible birds.

The Write Girl said...

These are beautiful shots of birds in flight. Perfect for sky watcher friday. Thank you for sharing.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Wonderful captures against that clear sky.

Deb said...

very pretty love the detail of the bird in the last one

vincibene said...

Fantastic series!

Christopher said...

OK - I don't think there is anything I can say that hasn't already been said, but I just can't let this post go without saying something. These are spectacular shots Kyle - I swear you just keep getting better and better!

E. Floyd said...

Love these photos!

Lois said...

All of these pictures are just beautiful!

Evita said...

Wow these are great shots! I love the black silhouette ones followed by the clear colored ones in flight!

Bj said...

Beautiful! Happy Friday. SWF

Reader Wil said...

What an excellent set of photos! Thanks for sharing.

Erin said...

beautiful shots...love the light through the wings...
have a wonderful weekend.

Mike said...

Beautifully composed, especially that last one!
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behindthebins said...

Wow. They are all excellent. I have to say I do love the Anhinga one. Glad you got back down to San Bernard.