Sunday, April 30, 2017

Leaving is getting closer

A Sora Rail feeding along the Marshes edge .It's always really hard to get a good picture of them as they are hard to find in the marsh out in the open.

The Dragonflies are hatching out and are every where .

Lots of baby Gators are now finding their way into all the little water ways in the Refuge .

Avosets in their breeding plumage and Egrets taking it easy in one of the protected areas of the Refuge .

In this shot you can see how Red the Avosets feathers are in their breeding plumage.
Our RV pad Bunny , eating some of the little flowers .

Water Lilies in bloom every where .

Came across this little feller while out doing the salinity run .

So many flowers

One of the new salt water barriers going in on the refuge . It's replacing one destroyed by Hurricane Ike , 9 years ago .The local water utility here doesn't rush into anything here either. They control all the water resources in and outside of the Refuge .

A Redwing Blackbird hanging on for all his worth. We have had wind gusts over the last few days up to 50 mph. Last night we had some really wild weather with heavy rain and lot of lightning. Been without power since 3 AM. Local power company is trying their best .LOL , to get it back on. 

So many Cactus in bloom .

A big Blue Heron just looking good .
It looks like we will spend a few days in New Orleans on our way to Georgia. I gave us 10 days to go 980 miles so we can make several stops along the way to just kick back and enjoy.

Monday, April 24, 2017

April is almost history

Lots of Dragonflies are hatching out and they are everywhere .

The Water Lilies are starting to cover up all the smaller water ways and are becoming a major problem in the Refuge .But they are really pretty in bloom .

All the cactus are blooming and they are just beautiful .

A young Whiteface Ibis just starting to lose it's black feathers and the white feathers are coming in.

A Dragonfly for every plant .

The Cattle Egrets are getting their peach colored feathers and are ready to find a mate . They will nest here at Anahuac .

Wild flowers are coming up all along the roads here .

A Red Eared Slider just enjoying the warm days . We have been in the high 80's for the last few days .

The Roseate Spoonbills are moving into the Refuge in large numbers now that it's time to Rook here.

Just beautiful to watch in flight .

Was taking a few pictures of the Water Hyacinths and found a pair of Purple Gallinules turned up in the shot . They are just starting to migrate into the area .

A  Plover I think just hanging out by the RV pads .

A Yellow headed Blackbird turned up at our bird feeder the other day .

A Brown Thrasher feeding at our RV Pads .
So our time here is quickly coming to an end as we will hit the road on May 15th . We will be heading out for the Savannah NWR and should be there before Memorial Day weekend .

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Time is fleeting , how did March get here so fast.

Been busy and time got away from me so fast these last few weeks . I had 314 pictures on the camera and had to pick just a few . We haven't been in the Visitor Centers very much so my posts have been as usual very sporadic . 

So many Vultures in one spot .

And just one poor road kill Armadillo . Hardly enough for all those birds .
Don't know why the Gato  crossed the road , but he was moving really fast .

Just a little Gator hanging out in the sun.

One of our recent projects was to install speed bumps on the Refuge entrance road . Here Lauren is getting her work out on the Ratchet putting in the 6 inch lag bolts .

Coot on the storm left overs

An Ibis drying it's wings

And a big  wing flap to finish the process

Our ever present escorts as we drive the Refuge doing the salinity checks of all the different bodies of water in the 40 thousand acres we transverse while doing the checks . Set the trip meter on the truck last time and we ended up driving 97.7 miles inside the Refuge on all the different levies and back road areas .

Young Ibis in flight . These birds are still all black until they mature and then they will be in all white plumage .

It's spring here and there are flowers blooming everywhere .

They really brighten our day

So many different birds and so many colors .

An Ibis in transition .

So many different colored feathers at one time . They really are pretty .

A couple of Brown Pelicans watching me doing the salinity checks .

A Bald Eagle having a rest after his lunch

Just one more bite

A fire burning on the refuge behind the RV pads . It burned all night .

We watched the flames and it was just awesome to see .

Our bird feeder is a very popular place as the smaller birds migrate into the area .

Rosette Spoonbills are just so beautiful to see in flight .

Just enjoying the day on the bank at Shovelers Pond .

My favorite Duck perch in the pond

One of the Cinnamon Teal just tooling around .

Young and Mature Ibis on the wing .

A Coyote looking for something to eat .

So many little ones

All the Water Lilies in bloom

More Spoonbills

White Pelicans

As we travel the back areas of the Refuge we see some sights . A tug and barges on the inter coastal waterway headed towards the High Island Bridge

This is called the Jackson Ditch . It was dug by hand in the late 19th century and no one knows the purpose of it .

A CaraCara working one of the burned out areas of the Refuge .

More birds just moving around on a pretty day.

We watched these two Gators swim around each other for several minutes as we believe love is in the air .

A White Pelican flying by .

Just so cool to watch .

A Pelican helping me do my Salinity check .