High Island, Texas

My friend Mark Gehring and I visited one of the best places in the country to bird during Spring migration this last week.  Hurricane Ike had brought down a number of the taller trees in the area, but vegetation seemed back to normal, and the bird counts were terrific.  23 species of warblers, and more Scarlet Tanagers than you can imagine ever seeing in one location.  Mark was sans binoculars, so with his camera with telephoto lens at the ready, took some great shots.  Below are my favorites, a Painted Bunting and a Black Vulture: