Where are the birds?

Purpose:   Photograph waterfowl on The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
Time frame:  February 24-28, 2012
 

Visions of migratory flocks along the Texas coastline directed our paths during a few days in February.  At the advice of local birding friends, my husband and I chose to stop over—and even tent camp— at several waterfowl sanctuaries while traveling to Big Bend National Park.   Learning to fly as birders sounded like such a wonderful idea.  We were baby chicks—all cute and cuddly—with our camera equipment, anticipating the moments our protective mother hen would scoot her fledgling chicks from one perfect photo opportunity to another.

Spreading our darling little wings across the Texas coastal prairies, we visited the following premier waterfowl habitats:

  • Brazos Bend State Park
  • San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
  • Goose Island State Park
  • Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
  • Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Padre Island National Seashore
  • Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
  • Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

We chirped and flitted from one wildlife refuge to another—brochure, notebook, and pencil in lap—always comparing our initial bird photography flight from our three nights at Brazos Bend State Park. As photographers, capturing diverse waterfowl images in their national habitats was of far greater importance than the bird identification checklist.

The wind was furious along the Texas coast; the sun relentless; and our temperaments testy by day four of flying from nest to nest.

In the end we were more than ready to move on to Big Bend National Park, where another bird nest was about to be untangled.   (Clouds-Light-Job 37:21…May 19, 2012)

Now to our birding enthusiasts, we say “thank you for all the advice and suggestions.”

However, remaining in the safety and comfort of our backyard nest—Views from the Adirondack (November 12, 2011)—just sounds more appealing.

Spreading our wings and soaring over future mountainous plateaus, capturing those elusive birds through the lens—doubtful.

Note my husband’s sentiment after days of bird hunting on The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, “Our week-long birding side trips were for the birds.”  However, we are so thankful for the unique and special photographic opportunities we encountered at Brazos Bend and Goose Island state parks. (June 30, 2012 post)

A few images follow from our solo waterfowl photography flight over Texas…additional photographs can be seen at http://www.corinthrose.com under Feature or This N’ That.

Great Egret, Brazos Bend State Park, Texas

Great Blue Heron, Brazos Bend State Park, Texas

Ring-billed and Laughing Gulls, Goose Island State Park, Texas

Brown Pelicans, Goose Island State Park, Texas

In hindsight our three-week early arrival for most bird migrations caused our own personal fall out.  For an overview of the entire four-week Southwest cactus road trip, click on Don’s Photos at www.corinthrose.com

Next publications:

June 16:  The House That Don Built (Father’s Day)
June 23:  Boxed In:  Unpackin’ It
June 30:  Strollin’ on the  WILDside (Brazos Bend State Park, Texas)
 

Thanks for spreading your wings with a couple amateur birders.

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About corinthrose

Born again Christian, helpmate of 42 years, domestic engineer of two children, GRANDmother of six darlings, professional volunteer, fanatic photographer, and a wanna be writer. Occasionally, infatuated with family history, flower photography, and traveling with my hiking buddy.
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2 Responses to Where are the birds?

  1. Pat Trainum says:

    I can hear Don saying that! lol. You did get some bird pictures, and they are beautiful! God makes such unique creatures. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  2. Nancy says:

    I flew right into this blog. I love birds and one can only appreciate your skill at photography as you captured these images while you flew from nest to nest.

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