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