On the Road in South Texas / by Walter Kitundu

I spent a few hours in the countryside west of San Antonio today and encountered quite a few Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and a number of Swainson's Hawks, in addition to the birds who were too far away to ID, or appeared too briefly to my unfamiliar eyes.

Behold the gloriousness of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Behold the gloriousness of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

This male has a tiny morsel in sight...

This male has a tiny morsel in sight...

... but returns to the perch to deal with a larger meal.

... but returns to the perch to deal with a larger meal.

Leave it to a bird this elegant to find a pretty power line.

Leave it to a bird this elegant to find a pretty power line.

The female is a world of wonder unto herself.

The female is a world of wonder unto herself.

These birds make me feel like I'm in Tanzania. 

These birds make me feel like I'm in Tanzania. 

Touchdown.

Touchdown.

Adult Swainson's Hawk on the move on a hot day.

Adult Swainson's Hawk on the move on a hot day.

Juveniles were also to be found acting weird as young birds tend to do. This one seems normal but don't be taken in by this deceit.

Juveniles were also to be found acting weird as young birds tend to do. This one seems normal but don't be taken in by this deceit.

Happy Friday everyone!