A Day of Intended Rest

A day of rest is on the docket, and I ponder whether or not to get dressed, but when I open the blinds, the heron is in attendance, and not long after I hear his throaty alarm. A Great Egret has decided to show up also, so I get dressed and grab my camera. A […]

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Disappointment, and then…

I don’t get to sleep till after 3:00; he wakes up at 4:30. At 7:30 we both decide to try again, so by the time we are ready to do anything, it is late morning. “Why don’t we go out for breakfast?” We pick a restaurant nearby that looks like it would have all day […]

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Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge

“What kind of camera is that?” “A Nikon.” “What are you doing?” “Taking pictures of the birds. Do you like birds?” “Yes. Which ones?” Our inquisitor is no more than five, a tiny boy in blue windbreaker, jeans and running shoes. He climbs atop a wooden bench to get a better look. “Whoa, there are […]

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A Stellar Outing

A victorious screech greeted our arrival at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.  Overhead an Osprey toting his catch flew by landing on the rail of the nearby water tower.   In the centre of parking lot a small garden played host to a number of different butterflies.  Last year, they were just planting […]

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Wildlife Refuge Take Two

The sun is shining and as we pull into the office area, a flash of bright red catches my eye – a vermilion flycatcher.  I hop out and aim my lens towards the bush where the bird has landed.  A swoop of large, mottled brown wings cuts off my view.  A kestrel settles in a […]

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Re-evaluating Plans

Over lunch, we google places of interest nearby.  Aransas Pass is just north of Corpus Christie on the Gulf Coast.  Every major road takes us by waterways, and we have seen numerous shore birds, and even dolphins, just in our drives.  I am making mental notes of all the places I want to visit. “I’m […]

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Acclimatizing

The birds and I rise early, wanting to catch the morning rays.  A heron stands sentinel in the distance as fish jump up and down along the canal.  The flurry of activity at this hour seems to be concentrated farther along.  The air is nippy, and I’ve worn a sweater and a jacket.  A small […]

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