January and February in South Texas might not be as exciting for birds as spring or fall but there is still plenty to see and photograph. Lots of wintering birds take advantage of the fish, crustaceans, and other small creatures that live in the lagoons and wetlands along the coast. With that in mind, last weekend, I paid a visit to Bahia Grande to see what I could find.
Situated between Brownsville and Port Isabel, Bahia Grande often plays host to large numbers of gulls, terns, and shorebirds.
They take advantage of tidal surges that bring food into a couple of channels and inlets.
Although the majority of the birds are Laughing Gulls, a close look also reveals other species and with so many birds present, there’s always the chance that some rarity may show up.
Checking the wetlands in the area also turned up some other bird species and nice looks at an American Alligator.
I also took advantage of the good lighting to showcase the brights yellow in the plumage of an Eastern Meadowlark.
A nice, prolonged look at a Great Horned Owl on a nest rounded out a fine day of birding and wildlife observation in South Texas.