Sunday, February 22, 2015

Time really is moving fast.

A Pelican taking off. he looks like he is running on top of the water.

There are still around 5000 Snow Geese here. they must have heard about the bad weather up north

Really have gained a new love for the Vultures

A Coot giving us the bird eye

A baby Red Eared Slider. It's the size of a half doller

A Osprey enjoying a fish for lunch. We see him almost every day on the utility pole.

We have flowers popping up every where now. We are still getting a few cool evenings but most of the day temp are now in the 60's and 70's.

Lots of colors

Sunlight through the feathers is just awesome

Watching hundreds of them is just mesmerizing as they soar on the warm air thermals and make it all look so easy.

The Muskrats have moved back into the Refuge and are eating their way through the reeds and water Lilly's  which is a good thing.

The Gulf taken from the Sea Wall in Galveston yesterday. You should have seen all the surfers out for those 6 foot waves.

The fishing pier was not busy . Most days they are elbow  to elbow .
The Gulls had hunkered in along one of the jetty's

A Great Tail Grackle riding the ferry with us

The Gull frenzy as they work the prop wash behind the ferry picking out the fish as they are forced to the surface  Riding the ferry to Galveston is always a pleasant rest after a day spent exploring .

Thursday, February 12, 2015

It's been very warm here

We found this poor turtle crossing the main entrance road and had to move him as there is still a mind set of if it's on the road flatten it.

Two days in the 80's and all the Alligators are coming out of their dens.

Young Ibis landing on the Moist Soil Unit on the Skiller Tract of the Refuge.

Lauren had a really close encounter with this Bobcat while taking a few pictures of some ducks . Almost stepped on her tail if she had one..

lots of turtles coming up out of their holes as we are in the middle of a mini heat wave .
The Refuge was very fortunate enough to purchase a large tract along the entrance road so we are putting up the Blue Goose signs .

Meet this Gator in a very small ditch pond along side of the road by one of the new sign posts. He was just getting warmed up.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

We tried to do some goose banding and other stuff

A little blue Heron and a Snowy Egret

The Cattle Egrets are coming in now.

A new baby is born.

A Red Tail watching us taking his picture.

We were all set to do some Goose Banding. Got up before the Sun rise and had the net and rockets ready to go , the only thing missing were the Geese. They are really smart birds . So it was time to do a demo as you cant leave primed Rockets in the launchers.

Up goes the net.

The rocket is really a heavy piece of pipe and with three of them pulling the net it only take a split second to get the net where it belongs.

Lauren helping to reset the net.

Many hands make quick work of the net reset.

An Otter crosses the road at Shovelers Pond. We were pretty far down the road. A better camera lens one of these days. He came up from the right and did some back scratches on the pavement and then moved down into the pond.

A controlled burn on the land next to the Refuge got a bit out of hand.

The fire burned well into the evening and gave us this sunset

A Pied-billed Gebe trying to swallow his fish

Sunrise yesterday morning

As the sun came up the morning fog rolled in.

Shooting into the sun with the morning mist gave this neat looking shot. No photo shop colors here.

One lone Brahma out on the Refuges hunt unit. Good thing it's Goose season.

A Great Blue Heron take the high ground on a Muskrat mound.

A pair of Ring necked Ducks on the Bayou . They are rare in this part of Texas.