2021—Two South Texas Natives

I love it when I see a bird that is unique to a location and it is doubly wonderful when the perch the bird chooses is also a native. That happened in South Texas last month when, on our first morning in the blinds, a Couch’s Kingbird, a bird native to the southern tip of Texas but rare just slightly north of there, perched on another South Texas native, the Blackbrush Acacia, a type of thorn tree. The Couch’s Kingbird was a new species to me but it visited the water feature every day we were in the blinds so I had several opportunities to photograph it. This was one of my favorites because the perch and the background helped to make a pleasing portrait.