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In the Field – Rocking R6 Ranch

March 10, 2018
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)

© – Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)

March got off to a good start photographically as I returned to the Rocking R6 Ranch in northern Webb County.  This year marked the 5th year in a row that I’ve visited the Rocking R6.  It has never disappointed.  This year did not break the trend.

The blinds were as good as always.  Butch has made some small improvements to both blinds and they turned out very well.

It was a 39 species day which is amazing in its own right.  If I can remember the conversations correctly, the ranch record for a day is in the mid-40’s–39 is a pretty fantastic day.  The species that stole the show was the Great Kiskadee.  There were two that were making the rounds at the morning blind’s pond, just full of character and energy.  As I look back at my Lightroom film roll, I have long swaths of nothing but Kiskadee shots.  It is amazing, but after having zero portfolio shots going into the year, I will, before April, have maybe 2 dozen portfolio worthy shots of this awesome bird.

Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)

© – Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)

Another species that will be an add to my portfolio collection is the Cactus Wren.  I’ve seen then before.  I’ve definitely heard them before.  But I’ve never had good luck actually capturing them in a photo.  I had one solid opportunity on this trip to capture one and I managed to get one to my satisfaction.

I also managed to have good luck with these other species:  Crested Caracara, Harris’s Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Curve-billed Thrasher, Black-throated Sparrow, Pyrrhuloxia, Audubon’s Oriole, and Green Jay.

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

© – Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

As I write this I am maybe 70% of the way through the selection process for what images I am going to work.  But at that 70% mark, I have 28 that I want to work and I know that I haven’t done a full harvest.  Once again, pushing myself further and further behind in my processing…

It was, as always, a wonderful visit.  Butch Ramirez has one of the finest places in all of South Texas to make fantastic images.  I have no doubt that come this time next year I will be talking about my sixth year in a row at the Rocking R6.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Celia Lewis permalink
    March 11, 2018 12:20 am

    Wonderful group of photos, Jim! And great to feel your excitement and pleasure in your finds!

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