Saturday, August 13, 2016

Still in Anahuac

We have seen more babies this trip than ever before . We are still in Anahuac as we wait for the new slide motor to arrive and a little delay due to a minor medical issue with new meds.

A real large group of babies and mom looking out for them. With there being so much water on the Refuge this year the predators are spread way out and the ducks are doing very well.

Two moms and their combined group of junior little ones .

Just so many broods .

Just a new group of  little ones .

Looking for a meal and we came along ., so annoyed .

And off we go

Young Ibis resting on the mud flat.

Ibis and Egrets working the low water for some good eats .

A Stilt  creating a wake as it looks for some lunch.

Avocets working the low water .

Avocets doing the lets work together and get all the little critters in our path.

So many birds in one spot , such a noise as they feed . 

More synchronized feeding .

This group was so busy feeding they came really close to us .

I'll pose for one more picture .

So many different shore birds in one picture .

Wood Storks and Rosette Spoonbills .

So beautiful to watch as they move from pond to marsh to feed .

A Night Hawk in a very usual pose .

It's been a little warm here over the last few weeks . Each day in triple digits with areal feel of 115 to 120 . glad both AC units work really well . The main Refuge VC has been closed for over a month as the AC went down and it seems the contractor on contract can't fix it . Go figure , so they have to get another certified one before they can get it fixed .LOL

Another cattle drive through the refuge . They move them to different locations in the Refuge as they graze down the grasses.

This was a small group, only about 150 cows and young .

Yes , they still use men on horses to do the work .

Every now and then I question my love for a nice steak .

Wood Storks doing a dance and the Whistling Ducks and Ibis watch them .

Wood Storks and on lookers .

A Little Blue Heron has caught it self a real find . A large crawfish .

We seem to be having trouble getting it in the right position for the big swallow.

The crawfish really doesn't want to be eaten .

Still not quite in the right position .

Almost got it down.

A perfect ending , it went right down. There were 15 more pic's of the struggle and we just watched in awe as the process between the two took place .

One of my favorite birds .It's always lurking in the same area on most days .

And some times it just poses .

Lots of Juvenile Ibis just hanging out. When they are young they are all black and as they mature they loose all the black and turn pure white . So cool to see when they are in transition as they will be black and white in various mixes of colors.

The Refuges CaraCara pair just resting on the pole where the Vultures usually roost .

A Diamond Back water snake that I had to move off the main road on our way to open the VIS the other day . I picked it up with my pickers and it gave me a little tude as I think it has just eaten and was resting in the middle of the road . That is not an option here as most people here believe the only good snake is a dead one, That's why the mice and rats are so prolific in the fields here .  We hope to have all our little problems worked out soon and be on our way to the Outer Banks in early September .                                     G

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Getting close to moving on?

More moms and little ones , Moor hens

Whistling Ducks and brood.

These ducks are really large.

some of the water lilies have yellow flowers .

So many Wood Storks.

Their numbers are growing every day.

A red eared slider taking in some sun .

Wood Storks in flight.

Found this beautiful  spider by the wash station where we need to do a little job.

Our last program on the refuge was with 25 inner city kids from Houston.

All smiles as we stop to take pictures as the birds from the marsh swirl above us .

As I sit and write this blog we await the arrival of a new /used slide motor . The big heavy slide with the refrigerator in it has given up the ghost and the replacement should arrive by the 15th we hope. So our arrival in the Outer banks has been delayed. Hope to be there by the end of August .

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

It's rally hot in Texas and life still goes on.

My feet are just so hot

We have Wood Storks in shoveler  pond

Our best guest is there are right now about 175 of these just beautiful birds.

Watching them as they just do their normal is just way cool.

In flight the are just beautiful

Been watching this Heron for the last few months in the same area and never get tired of the action .

A night heron in their usual  you can not see me  pose .

One big ass dragon fly , the mesh you see is a quarter inch .

It's been so hot here the last month that the Gators have been all in cooler areas, at least 115 with the THI each day with nights in the mid 80's

My favorite Heron leaving as it hates to have it's picture taken.

Another mom and little one , Moor hen

Baby Greeb

There are millions of Dragon flies and they top every piece of grass and reed around the pond , just so cool to see .

So many flowers that it's hard to say just how many can you see on 33 thousand acres .

Oh yeah , we are still doing programs for the Kids , even though it's over a hundred degrees out, were walking the boardwalk on Shovelers Pond .

The Ibis rookery on the pond is so full of birds that the least amount of noise sends them in the air, I did enjoy raising my voice to do it .

Adding a solar panel to insure that the pond pump in the wood lot here runs more often . This has been a work in progress as no one here quiet understands the  way solar power works and for last three years I have been struggling with it and I hope to get the message through sooner  than later as they now believe me .

The pied piper of cattle egrets as the grass is cut they just love the bugs kicked up by the mower.

Our Raccoon babies eating our bird seed on their time out of the den.

Mom and four of the five eating and playing by the RV pad.

Installing the new Solar Stop signs in the Refuge .

As you can see Lauren shows a better face as we complete the jobs more than I do

Had to move this sign from the pole the stop sign was on as it was not visible under the stop sign? Who can figure that .

Whistling ducks are now every where on the pond and they are just so great to listen to.

Just looking for a few good bugs

Mom and little one

See I really can walk on water.

Thousand of Lotus Blossoms are still in bloom.