Some Avian Sights from Bahia Grande, Texas

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, lastContinue Reading Tagged With: , , , , ,

Beautiful Looks at an Aplomado Falcon in South Texas

For those who follow this blog, it will come as no surprise that the Aplomado Falcon is one of my favorite birds. I have said it before and will keep on saying it as long as I see these beautiful birds of prey. Even if they weren’t endangered, they would still be very special birdsContinue Reading Tagged With: , , , , ,

Why I Like the Aplomado Falcon

Before I say anything else, Happy Thanksgiving!!!! Although the only bird I should probably be talking about at this special time is the Wild Turkey, since I took some fine pictures of an Aplomado Falcon yesterday, that will be the theme of this short post. After photographing at Sabal Palm Sanctuary earlier Tuesday afternoon, IContinue Reading Tagged With: , , , , ,

Birds and a Beautiful Snake from South Texas

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 ofContinue Reading Tagged With: , , ,

Some November Highlights from Birding and Wildlife Viewing in South Texas

The past two weeks have been good for lots of birds and wildlife in South Texas. The wildlife refuges and protected lands in this part of the country are always good for birding but November is probably one of the best times of the year to become acquainted with the subtropical habitats around Harlingen, SouthContinue Reading Tagged With: , , , ,

Amazon Kingfisher, an Extremely Rare Vagrant to South Texas

This past weekend was one of the busiest times in South Texas for birders. Hundreds of birdwatchers from all over the country have visited the area for the Rio Grande Birding Festival and with so many birdwatchers around, some rare species were bound to be discovered. The rarest species by far has been an AmazonContinue Reading Tagged With: , , , , , ,

Autumn Animal Colors in South Texas

In South Texas, we may not have a brilliant display of leaves changing from green to various shades of yellows and reds, but we do have a fine display of beautiful animals and flowering plants. Sometimes it takes a bit of looking around to find those colors but they are there, especially when you lookContinue Reading Tagged With: , , , , , , , ,

Still Lots of Migrants and other Wildlife Photo Opps at South Padre Island

Migration continues to be good at South Padre Island as well as at Resaca de la Palma State Park in north Brownsville. The more birds there are, the better your chances of getting good shots. While I didn’t get stellar photos of  Rose-breasted grosbeak, Couch’s Kingbird, Nashville Warbler, and  Gray Catbird, I did get niceContinue Reading Tagged With: , , , , ,

Lots of Birds on South Padre Island Last Weekend

Fall migrants don’t just fly up into the night sky and wing their way south whenever they feel like it. They need to eat enough to have the reserves necessary for flying hundreds of miles and even when they have more than enough fat reserves, still don’t take chances with the weather. They wait forContinue Reading Tagged With: , , , , ,

Reddish Egrets and Other Animals from South Padre Island

I was back at South Padre Island the other day and although there weren’t so many small migrants present, as usual, the trip paid off with nice shots of Reddish Egrets and a few other animals. The Reddish Egret is the least common heron species in North America. While most species of herons and egretsContinue Reading Tagged With: , , ,