Fall 2014 images from Texas:

Updated: Saturday November 29, 2014

Enjoy the birds and photos below...I certainly did while I was taking them!

Erik Breden
Weslaco, Texas
erik.breden@otterside.com

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November 27th to 29th - Estero Llano Grande State Park, Weslaco, Texas

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When a female Red-legged Honeycreeper showed up at the Park, it was quite a surprise. If the record is accepted, it will be the first North American record of this bird! It was not easy to see and even harder to photograph. While waiting for the bird to show, I photographed some of the other "visitors" to the Park.

  • Canvasback
  • House Sparrow
  • RED-LEGGED HONEYCREEPER!!!
  • Tropical Checkered-Skipper
  • Texan Crescent!
  • Two-Barred Flasher
  • Carolina Satyr


November 8th - Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, Harlingen, Texas

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The annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival is held in Harlingen, Texas each year in the first full week of November. It is well attended (more than 700 participants), and includes lectures, classes, field trips, and a Trade Show.

The highlight of the Trade Show is certainly Jonathan Wood of The Raptor Project, who gives demonstrations and educational programs with 15 to 20 live Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Falcons, and Vultures. His web site sums it up best: Although the captive birds below have been nursed back to health and rehabilitated, most can not be released back into the wild due to the extent of their injuries. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I did!


  • Bald Eagle
  • Golden Eagle
  • Gyrfalcon!
  • European Eagle Owl
  • Snowy Owl
  • Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture


October 25th - Backyard Birds and the Falfurrias Rest Area on Route 281, Weslaco and Falfurrias, Texas

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  • Lesser Nighthawk
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Black Vulture
  • Tailed Orange
  • Clouded Skipper
  • Pipevine Swallowtail


August 24th to September 7th - Backyard Hummingbirds, Weslaco, Texas

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  • Buff-bellied Hummingbird
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Rufous Hummingbird


August 18th - Bar-tailed Godwit at Corpus Christi, Texas

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  • Bar-tailed Godwit!


August 4th - Collared Plover Redux at Hargill, Texas

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A second set of photographs taken in the early evening trying to avoid the heat waves

  • Collared Plover!


August 2nd - Collared Plover at Hargill, Texas

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2nd USA Record of Collared Plover!

  • Collared Plover!


July 4th - Laguna Madre, South Padre Island, TX

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  • Brown Booby
  • American Oystercatcher
  • Botteri's Sparrow
  • Horned Lark
  • Dolphins

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