We took a pontoon boat ride on the Rio Grande with our RV Park activities group from Bentsen Palm. We had lots of birds along the river including a flyover of the Mexican Roadside Hawk, Osprey, Zone-tailed and Harris Hawks. Lots of egrets and herons and several Ringed Kingfishers near nesting tunnels in the mud cliffs.
|Baby Alligator by the boat ramp|
We had just a few days at Mission and found a few more interesting creatures to photograph.
|Cotton Rat checks bird feeders|
We spent a morning at Quinta Mazatlan near McAllen to enjoy the birds and walking through the historic paths.
|Com. Pauraque blends in to the brush|
Headed east to South Padre Island and checked into Isla Blanca County Park which is on the south end of this 112 mile long barrier island. Most is a wilderness area of sand dunes but the lower 3 miles is developing into a tourist destination, especially during Spring Break.
|Brown Pelicans ride the waves|
|Forester's Tern and Least Tern|
|Ghost Crabs are numerous on the dunes|
|Willets show off|
|Sandwich Tern with his yellow tipped bill|
|White Pelicans come south to join their cousin - the Brown Pelican|
Once a week we drive to the Birding Center with its boardwalks through fresh and salt water and lookouts into the Laguna Madre. This large bay separates the barrier island from the main land of South Texas.
|Roseate Spoonbills resting|
|White Ibis surrounded by photographers|
|Northern Pintails arrive from "up north"|
|Clapper Rail takes a bath|
|Clappper Rail up close|
|Reddish Egret finds a snack|
There is a Land Trust Area on Sheephead Avenue that is a small but amazing bird magnet for migrating birds. Food and water is provided and this late migrating Painted Bunting found just what he needed for his flight south
|Aplomado Falcon female|
We took a ride southwest towards Brownsville to find the Aplomado Falcons. First seen at some distance but with much patience, they flew closer and closer.
|Roseate Spoonbill reflects colors|
Much more to come in the next 7 weeks here on the Gulf of Mexico at S.P.I. and Boca Chica.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and God's Blessings for a wonderful 2016.
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann