About 2 weeks ago, I found what looked like a partial chicken egg shell in my driveway, or that is what it I thought because my neighbor has chickens nearby. Later I found bird poop the size of paint ball splats in the same place so looking up, I see this huge nest made of sticks in the very top of a large white oak tree next to the house. This is what I found, a Mississippi Kite with one chick in the nest. These birds are supposed to lay two eggs but I see only one chick. I have a good vantage point to watch them so I will post updates as time goes by.
Driving through Glen Rose, Tx yesterday, I spotted this little Italian beauty parked on the square across from the soda shop. We see a lot of these exotics driving through the Hill Country and can image how nice it is to be taking the curves in one of these. Getting in and out of these cars is another issue.
Driving past the Flat Top Ranch near Glen Rose, TX last night, we spotted a pond full of mature Elk bulls cooling off. I suspect that their species is not used to 90+ degree days and lure of a cool pond (in Texas we call them Tanks) is not to be passed up. The Flat Top Ranch is 20,000 acres of cattle and Elk and I seem to come across a photo opportunity every time I come by. I learned my lesson last year when photographing Elk grazing just across the fence because after I waded into high brush on the fence line to get a better shot only to find my legs covered with chiggers!
This is a photo that I have re-working many times in the past. This stallion whose name is Hollywood White is a horse that I have owned for the past 20 years. In this particular situation he was turned loose in the pasture and the photo was taken from about 200 feet away with a 200 mm lens. I had to crop it down significantly in order to get the look that I wanted and then converted it to black and white.
This is a drone video I did for Jim Brosche, a Texas realtor who specializes in upscale ranches and land. Last week, we went out to the Cotten Ranch in Morgan Mill, Tx to prepare a video for his new listing. In order to get a different perspective, we drove up to the top of the mountain and while doing so, I spotted a Bald Eagle circling overhead, but thankfully he had flown off by the time I had launched my drone (P4P). Bad Eagles have been known to attack drones.