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Firewheel with Bee

Posted in Animals, Flowers and Plants, Hill Country on May 1st, 2016 by judy

Fire Wheel with Bee

Blanket flower, Firewheel, Gaillardia — all names for this beautiful flower that is blooming nearly everywhere, it seems, in the Hill Country now.  It’s also good to see a bee.  A real bee.  They seem to have become so rare…

Two Great Blue Heron families

Posted in Animals, Birds, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on April 20th, 2016 by judy

Two sets of chicks!

Went back to the rookery near Goose Island State Park again today and got two sets of chicks in one photo! Two little yellow beaks in the left nest and one big chick visible on the right side. The adults sit upwind to protect the chicks from the wind, and sometimes spread their wings a bit.

Great Blue Heron with Chicks

Posted in Animals, Birds, Texas on April 19th, 2016 by judy

Great Blue Heron with Chicks

Great Blue Heron with two chicks at the rookery near Goose Island State Park. This rookery may be doomed because it is now on the grounds of a gated community and will soon be surrounded by houses — assuming they do not plan to destroy the pond and trees themselves… It was purchased just as Goose Island State Park got money to purchase the precious property.

Tricolored Heron

Posted in Animals, Birds, Texas on January 25th, 2016 by judy

Tricolored heron

This heron was captured in 2011 at the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center.

Angry Bird

Posted in Animals, Birds, Texas, Water on January 17th, 2016 by judy


This is a Snowy Egret (black beak, black legs, yellow feet) who got in a fight with the bird flying away at this point. I had noticed his impressive topknot earlier, but didn’t know what was going on.

The picture below is earlier in the battle…


Great Egret

Posted in Animals, Birds, Texas, Water on January 17th, 2016 by judy


This photograph was taken at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center in Port Aransas, Texas.

Monarch Butterfly on Sunflower

Posted in Animals, Flowers and Plants, Texas on December 10th, 2015 by judy


Goose Island State Park, Texas

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Posted in Animals, Hill Country, Texas on May 25th, 2015 by judy

Black Swallowtail

So happy to see a few butterflies this year!  In the first few springs we lived here there were SO MANY butterflies!  It was wonderful.  Then things went wrong for them I guess.  Hard winter frosts made many of the plants they like die back to the ground and hence bloom much later.  Other things have been blooming earlier due to warmer weather.  Whatever it was, there have been very few butterflies.  This year a few more, and I was very happy to find this black swallowtail yesterday.  It is not perfect — it seems to have lost one of its tails…   It is enjoying a Mexican Hat flower.   We planted some wildflower seeds in the yard a few years ago and the Mexican Hats took over.  They are beautiful this time of year — a sea of yellow and green.


Posted in Animals, Birds, Texas, Water on May 14th, 2015 by judy


We were in Rockport, Texas, for a quick trip and Nan and Donald took us birding for a couple of hours.  They had had a huge deluge 2 nights before.  There was water everywhere, on the roads, in the fields.  And one of the birding sites was closed.  But we did find a few at this location, including this Stilt.

Domestic Turkeys in Chiapas

Posted in Animals, Birds, Mexico on March 18th, 2015 by judy


Just returned on Monday from a 10 day birding trip to Chiapas.  Birds and culture and archaeological sites.  Great trip organized by Chiapas Birding Adventures.   I love to take pictures of the domestic animals, and they are everywhere!  Most are not constrained.  Even in our hotel close to downtown San Cristobal de las Casas we were woken up every morning early by a crowing rooster and a gobbling turkey who lived in the yard next door.