Last weekend, I made a couple of trips to South Padre Island and Port Mansfield in search of natural subjects for photography. I wasn’t disappointed as I found several large White-tailed Deer and some fall warblers.
Habitat for White-tailed Deer in south Texas must be ideal because so many grow to be big, healthy animals.
Although these pictures make it seem as if the deer in southern Texas are tame, actually, they are pretty shy. I had to be pretty careful and quiet to get these shots (a long lens also helps).
Fall warblers were also around and stayed still long enough for some fine photos. Nashville Warblers were passing through in numbers.
The Tennessee Warbler is rather similar but lacks the eyering on a gray head.
The Northern Parula is a bit easier to recognize due to its broken eyering, two white wing bars, yellow throat and upper breast, and rich yellow lower mandible.
Common Yellowthroats were also around. This is one of the more common warbler species and is usually seen in thick vegetation near the ground.
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were also migrating through the area. It’s always nice to see these little feathered dynamos!
As we head into the latter half of Autumn, sparrows, ducks, and other late fall birds should start turning up in the next few weeks.