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Great Blue Heron with Chicks

Posted in Animals, Birds, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on November 22nd, 2016 by judy

Great Blue Heron with Chicks

Great Blue Heron with Chicks in a rookery now part of a gated community development. So sad since the local state park was days of being able to purchase this wonderful area.

Grace

Posted in Animals, Birds, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend, Water on August 24th, 2016 by judy

Great BLue Heron Pair in Flight

Great Blue Heron pair in flight near the rookery. Last night I was playing around with some techniques and textures and came up with this… Grace like this is what makes humans want to “fly like a bird.”

Green Heron

Posted in Animals, Birds, Nature, Texas Coastal Bend on May 22nd, 2016 by judy

Green heron

Found at the Turnbull Birding Center, Port Aransas, TX

Great Blue Heron Pair in Flight

Posted in Birds, Nature, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on May 20th, 2016 by judy

Great BLue Heron Pair in Flight

This photo of a pair of Great Blue Herons was taken at the endangered rookery near Goose Island State Park, near Rockport, TX

Almost grown up

Posted in Birds, Texas, Texas Coastal Bend on May 5th, 2016 by judy

Almost grown up

Returning again to the rookery that is now inside a gated development… These Great Blue Heron babies are almost grown up. We can just hope they don’t build houses too close to the rookery… It is so so sad that the state park was within days of getting this wonderful waterfront area. This time someone did come up to us and ask us if we “had a problem”. Gil said no, I ignored him. It is an indication that it may not be open to birders for long.

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.

Great Blue Herons Nesting

Posted in Birds, Texas on April 17th, 2016 by judy

Great Blue Herons at the Rookery

This rookery is outside Goose Island State Park near Rockport, TX.  It used to be easily available, but now is inside a gated community.  My understanding is it was sold to the developer the day the state park got the funding to purchase the property.  At this time the gate is open, but the second time we visited we parked outside the gate and walked in.

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

angrybird

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…

birdbattle