I have spent four of the past six days trying to photograph Green Kingfishers at Sabal Palm Sanctuary in Brownsville. There have been some long waits but I have also had some success.
Although the kingfishers eventually showed, there haven’t been many other birds. Instead of birds, I have seen a lot of insects, especially butterflies. Thanks to a mild December and abundant autumn rains, the Lower Valley has been really good for bugs and butterflies.
At Ramsey Nature Park in Harlingen, I saw a particularly beautiful butterfly, the Crimson Patch.
The beautiful Crimson Patch is a tropical species that is rare in south Texas. This was the first I have even seen and was one of three that were present at Harlingen.
I didn’t see many birds at Ramsey, but the butterflies, abundant Texas lantana and beautiful landscaping made it a great place to spend a few hours.
I hope everyone has the best Christmas ever!