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Texas was a blast. I met up with Conrad, Troy Lim, Shreeni, and two others who do not post here, or at least very infrequently. The weather was great for us, but a little too cool to draw lots of critters to the watering holes. We did see lots of critters, but were told the numbers were below normal. Santa Clara Ranch is set up for, and run by photographers, so shooting conditions were very nice.
My goal was to get some very nice shots of just about any critter I saw, but that did change somewhat after about 10 min in the first blind. I started looking for great IF shots, and I managed a few, but not as many as I would have liked. I may have to go back to try again.
Here are a few of my favorites, (so far), that I have had time to process. As always, C&C appreciated ~ Ron



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1- A wasp that lit on the little pond for a drink.

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/9.0    1/1600s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  





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2- Golden-fronted Woodpecker - male

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/8.0    1/1600s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  





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Cardinal in great light

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4- This is the type of shot I was looking for, but this one is a little noisy.

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM +1.4x lens    150mm    f/8.0    1/2500s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  





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5- Male Painted Bunting.

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x lens    700mm    f/10.0    1/2500s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  



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May 08, 2014 at 01:10 PM
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A few more.



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6- One of my target birds was the Cara Cara. This one had an escort.

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7- 'nother shot of the male GFW

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8- Western Coachwhip

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/1250s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  





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9- "Dear Lord, please bless this food I am about to partake." Mexican Ground Squirrel.

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS II USM lens    500mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




May 08, 2014 at 01:18 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Back from Texas


All very nice. Looks like you had a great trip to Texas. Hard to pick a favorite.


May 08, 2014 at 01:37 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Back from Texas


Ron the wasp shot is the biz! And so is the Caracara. And so is the Coachwhip. Just beautiful, looks like you had a great shoot. Thank you

Phil



May 08, 2014 at 01:39 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Back from Texas


You shots are very nice. Looks like you had a fun trip.

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May 08, 2014 at 01:52 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Back from Texas


Fantastic set Ron!!! I love them all. You must have had a great time.

Birdie



May 08, 2014 at 01:55 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Back from Texas


Hi Ron a beautiful variety
Love the snake and the last one!

Last one is oh so cute sweet priceless I have to add an awe too!
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May 08, 2014 at 02:15 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Back from Texas


Very nice set Ron, all of them are great shots.

TFS
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May 08, 2014 at 02:16 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Back from Texas


Super set Ron! Can't pick a favorite but that PB is gorgeous.


May 08, 2014 at 02:16 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Back from Texas


these shots had me smiling al the way through, great stuff

Howard.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Back from Texas


Looks like you had a wonderful trip. Super shots!


May 08, 2014 at 02:41 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Back from Texas


What a nice set, Ron. #2,3,8 and 9 are my favorite from these beautiful photos. I gotta plan for visiting this place soon.

- Tam



May 08, 2014 at 02:58 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Back from Texas


WoW Very nice


May 08, 2014 at 03:14 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Back from Texas


Sounds like you had lots and lots of fun and met some great people. Love the woodies and bunting but the snake may be my favorite and the last ground squirrel is too cute but may be in trouble. I do think I heard a rattlesnake making the same prayer just before it took out that squirrel

Eric



May 08, 2014 at 04:11 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Back from Texas


Sounds and looks like you had a great time, Ron. #5 bunting, #7 WP, and #8 snake are my favorites from this fine set. Congrats on the Cara Cara as well!

Jim



May 08, 2014 at 05:21 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Back from Texas


Good stuff B-2 I had planned on going to Texas two weeks ago but opted for Florida instead. Love the bunting. B-1


May 08, 2014 at 05:32 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Back from Texas


Awesome stuff, Ron. The painted bunting alone would be worth the trip.

Ed



May 08, 2014 at 05:55 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Back from Texas


Terrific set!

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May 08, 2014 at 06:23 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Back from Texas


retirement suits you well!

David



May 08, 2014 at 06:39 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Back from Texas


Wow .. really great captures Ron . I choose No 5


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