So we changed our game plan and went to eat breakfast, first. Then we went to Walmart to pick up something we needed for dinner. Next we went for a drive down Texas 48 towards Brownsville, TX. We did not plan to go all the way to Brownsville, we just wanted to get to the wetlands around the Grand Lagoon (I believe it is called),
because the other day, driving back from Brownsville, we saw some Roseate Spoonbill birds in the area and I was hoping they would still be there to get some pictures of.
Guess what, we lucked out, they were not only there, but there was a much larger "bowl" (what a flock of Spoonbills is called). According to What Bird.com
- Their pink color is a result of eating crustaceans that have fed on algae.
- A group of roseate spoonbills are collectively known as a "bowl" of spoonbills.
At the same stop for the Roseate Spoonbills and the "poop" we also found some different colors of the lovely Prickly Pear Cactus. They are really enjoying this recent rain and blooming up a storm. We were surprised, though, to find more than one color of bloom on the same Cactus.
After leaving TX 48, we headed back to South Padre Island and the "clouds/fog" had lifted a little bit so we decided to go visit the Birding and Nature Center.
There were two busloads of preschool to kindergarten aged kids there, so we made our visit a pretty fast one so we could get pictures of birds before the noisy kids scared them all away.
There were lots of marshy habitats with many wading type birds scattered throughout the boardwalk. This first big white bird (2 pictures), is, I believe a Great Egret, in (at least part of) his breeding plumage.
|Yellow Crowned Night Heron|
|Tri Color Heron|
|Two birds, one snowy egret and the other, I'm not sure|
|Another Tri Color Heron|
|Black Necked Stilt|
The final sight of the day were these two gulls on top of the "waterfall/fountain" in the parking lot of the Birding and Nature Center.
It was a very hot, muggy day, so we came back to the air conditioning in the Big Sky and probably won't go back out until our walk on the beach this evening.
I don't have a clue why blogger is separating my writing and pictures the way it is, and can't seem to fix it, so please bear with me and just enjoy what you see. Hope you'll rejoin us, as we continue chasing our rainbows. Smiles, Sue C