Lately, the weather has been rainy and dreary in South Texas but that hasn’t stopped me from getting some nice pictures of birds and other animals. It might take longer to get good shots but patience eventually pays off with pictures of everything from warblers to waterfowl.
It’s always nice to get a picture of any warbler, no matter what the weather may be and this redstart was a beauty. However, one of the main birds I hoped to photograph was the Green Kingfisher. As with other kingfishers, the Green can be tough to photograph because they tend to perch in spots with challenging lighting. I was determined to get a good shot of a Green Kingfisher, though, so I set my camera up on a tripod and focused on a likely perch. It took me an hour and a half of waiting but one eventually showed just as I had hoped it would!
Wetland habitats are also good for a variety of other species, even in rainy weather.
The gallinule shares the marsh with other waterbirds like the Pied-billed Grebe.
Green Herons are common marsh residents too. It’s always nice to see this small, beautiful heron.
It might be easier to see the Green Heron but the star of the heron show in South Texas is the Reddish Egret. This large, elegant heron is locally distributed on the Gulf Coast and a regular bird in the lagoons and estuaries of South Texas. This bird species can be recognized by its black legs, bicolored bill, and shaggy feathers on the neck and head.
Shorebirds are also present, the Spotted Sandpiper being the most commonly encountered species.
Waterfowl have also been arriving. The Northern Pintail is one of several elegant duck species in South Texas.
South Texas is also a good place to see snakes. Although some people would rather not see a snake, I always appreciate seeing these shy, interesting animals.
Look for these and other animals when birding in South Texas no matter what the weather!