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Recent Processing: 2022 Week 18

May 15, 2022
© Jim Miller- Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)

Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
Webb County, TX – May 2022
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 150-600 (Gen 1) at 600mm
Tripod w/Wimberley gimbal head

ISO 400, 1/250 at f/11 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1155
Image Size in Portfolio: 4193×3354

As I teased last weekend, I spent the first week in May down in South Texas on my annual photo swing.

I’m very much skipping through the three photo shoots that I was able to accomplish while I was back in the Lone Star State. I still need to go and do a “No Kidding” thorough scrub through the shoots to pick the images I will work in the future. But I haven’t done that yet. So probably for the next couple of weeks you will get splatters of images from all three shoots until I return to my normal modus operandi and do things in a more structured sort of way.

For this installment, as I usually do, I will structure the images I present in individual shoots, even though the image numbering will not be sequential.

The trip started with a visit to Butch Ramirez at the Rocking R6 Ranch. A shooting day report to follow eventually (preview: It was awesome), but I didn’t want to wait on sharing these images. The afternoon portion of the shoot was great for Greater Roadrunners (Meep Meep). I’ve just started to scratch the surface on the images I made, but I did add three to the portfolio.

© Jim Miller- Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)

Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
Webb County, TX – May 2022
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 150-600 (Gen 1) at 329mm
Tripod w/Wimberley gimbal head

ISO 400, 1/250 at f/11 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1150
Image Size in Portfolio: 3648×4560

© Jim Miller- Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)

Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)
Webb County, TX – May 2022
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 150-600 (Gen 1) at 256mm
Tripod w/Wimberley gimbal head

ISO 400, 1/250 at f/11 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1151
Image Size in Portfolio: 4193×3354

Of the images I processed from the Rocking R6, I’ve also grabbed two additional birds. The first, the Mourning Dove, is one that I have a surprisingly small number of portfolio shots of. The one below is only the third one I have in the portfolio, which is strange for a bird that I’m seemingly taken hundreds (if not thousands) of shots of in the past. I will have to do some digging.

© Jim Miller – Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Webb County, TX – May 2022
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 150-600 (Gen 1) at 600mm
Tripod w/Wimberley gimbal head

ISO 400, 1/200 at f/14 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1152
Image Size in Portfolio: 3321×2657

Northern Bobwhites are always special birds to make images of. As I looked into the portfolio, I actually have considerably more of this bird than I do of the more common Mourning Dove (7 Bobwhites to just 3 Mourning Doves).

© Jim Miller – Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)

Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)
Webb County, TX – May 2022
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 150-600 (Gen 1) at 428mm
Tripod w/Wimberley gimbal head

ISO 400, 1/200 at f/10 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1153
Image Size in Portfolio: 2756×3445

© Jim Miller – Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca)

Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca)
Kinney County, TX – May 2022
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 150-600 (Gen 1) at 600mm
Tripod w/Wimberley gimbal head

ISO 400, 1/800 at f/13 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1154
Image Size in Portfolio: 3852×3082

Later in the trip I had the distinct privilege to shoot at Sandy Hurwitz’s Transition Ranch out in Kinney County. I’ve only processed on image from that trip, but it was a special one. This Canyon Towhee is the 105th bird species I’ve added to my portfolio.

© Jim Miller – Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

Painted Bunting (Passerina Ciris)
Uvalde County, TX – May 2022
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 150-600 (Gen 1) at 600mm
Tripod w/Wimberley gimbal head

ISO 400, 1/800 at f/8 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1156
Image Size in Portfolio: 3554×2843

The last stop on the trip was to visit Pliny and La Lomita Wildlife Photography Ranch in Uvalde, Texas. This time of year the Painted Buntings are as close to a guaranteed win as any bird in any place I’ve ever been to. It did not disappoint. May be recency bias, but this may be my favorite Painted Bunting shot ever. Until the next one I process.

Perched Ash-throated Flycatcher in South Texas

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens)
Uvalde County, TX – May 2022
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 150-600 (Gen 1) at 600mm
Tripod w/Wimberley gimbal head

ISO 400, 1/500 at f/8 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1157
Image Size in Portfolio: 4194×3355

Originally I thought this Ash-throated Flycatcher was going to be a new portfolio species as well. But when I got home and looked at the portfolio, I found that image #76 in the portfolio was actually a move over from my old, poorly organized, pre-2011 portfolio. That original image was shot in 2008 on a Canon 30D. So 1081 images later, I added my second Ash-throated Flycatcher to the portfolio. That, I’m reasonably certain, sets a record for the longest time between portfolio adds and the biggest number of images since the last add to the portfolio.

I hope to get quite a few more images processed next week. Lots of images to swim through.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 15, 2022 4:25 pm

    Wonderful shots.

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