Beautiful day birding at Brazos Bend!

We had a fantastic day at Brazos Bend! We hiked Live Oak Trail, Pilant Sough Trail, Spillway Trail and part of 40 Acre Trail Lake. The weather was great, it was a little overcast and sprinkled rain for just a few minutes but the breezes were cool. Here’s a link to the trail map. The birds and gators did NOT disappoint. We even saw a snake which completely grosses me out.

Brazos Bend is located at 21901 FM 762 Rd, Needville, TX 77461 and adult admission is $7. I can tell you the admission fee was completely justified as soon as we photograped the owl and owlet. It was a dream come true! Brazos Bend State Park is a 4,897-acre state park along the Brazos River in Needville, Texas, run by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It has bathrooms, benches, water bottle fill station, playgrounds, fishing piers, camping and more.

I can’t stress this enough – please be so careful around the alligators. GIVE THEM ROOM! We have YET to make a trip without witnessing an overzealous parent pushing their child towards an alligator for a photo opportunity.

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Automobiles and the Sigma 105mm, 18-250mm with Nikon

We had the opportunity to go see a friend’s new house. He let me take pictures of his car collection and it did not disappoint. We had a really great day and I was thrilled with how the photos turned out. I took two different options – the Sigma 105mm Macro and the Sigma 18-250mm.

These were taken with the 18-250mm by Sigma. I really appreciated how much light I was able to take in with this lens. I am super happy to have this in our arsenal since it easily outshines the TWO kit lenses that it replaced.

Sigma 18-250mm
Sigma 18-250mm
Sigma 18-250mm
Sigma 18-250mm
Sigma 18-250mm
Sigma 18-250mm
Sigma 18-250mm
Sigma 18-250mm

For the photos, I also wanted to use my new Sigma 105mm Macro. I thought the 105mm was going to be too much but it was hardly a little space and worked out well. I’ve been very pleased with this lens!

Sigma 105mm
Sigma 105mm
Sigma 105mm
Sigma 105mm
Sigma 105mm
Sigma 105mm
Sigma 105mm
Sigma 105mm

I was so happy with both lenses for the day! I truly thought the versatility of the 18-250mm was fantastic and I am so happy with it! The 105mm may be a niche lens but I still love it! It’s a true 1:1 Macro lens and it really made for some fun photos.

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Sigma 150-600mm with a 2x Magnifier with the Nikon!

I was already in love with the 150-600mm lens, head over heels, couldn’t get enough – in love with it. Then, the 2x Magnifier that we ordered for the Sigma 150-600mm arrived and took my emotions to an entirely new level.

THESE ARE ALL SHOTS FROM OUR BACKYARD!

Nikon D3500 with 2x Magnifier and the Sigma 150-600mm, also a Cardinal

Two cons about the magnifier:

  1. When you’re out at 1200mm, it’s hard to find your subject. I think this is implied and probably strikes you as common sense BUT, the constant rotation of zooming in and zooming back out is a little cumbersome to find your target – it works though!
  2. I had trouble focusing on the birds. They are so incredibly fast as it is, but I missed more than a couple shots just trying to get them into focus. Lots of rotating the lens to try and get the picture how I wanted it and then increasing the zoom.
Nikon D3500 with 2x Magnifier and the Sigma 150-600mm, also Eastern Bluebird

The Eastern bluebird was shot from my backyard! I was so shocked that the lens got it at all, much less captured the colors.

Nikon D3500 with 2x Magnifier and the Sigma 150-600mm, also an American robin

The detail is incredible! You can see the fuzz on his beak! This magnifier is everything and I can’t wait to really get out and use it. Texas living is amazing! I am so incredibly happy with this magnifier. Purchase it here from Amazon. Here’s also the link to the Sigma 15-600mm. (It’s an affiliate link but that does NOT cost you anything.)

Nikon D3500 with 2x Magnifier and the Sigma 150-600mm, also a female Cardinal