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~Birding in Texas, Little Fuzzy Heads

High Island, Texas, Smith Oak Rookery, April, 2017

Very excited to see babies in the nests; a first for us.

Great Egret Baby
A very young chick
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Notice the different sizes of the chicks.
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“How can I feed you if you are going to hold my beak?”
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A lovely Egret family.

Happy Birding!

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~Birding in Texas, Find the Blue Eggs

High Island, Texas, Smith Oaks Rookery.

It must be a real drag to sit on the nest for hours at a time.

Nesting Great Egret
Nesting Great Egret
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Stand up, stretch, lay back down. Poor girl!
"Did I just lay these?"
“Did I just lay these?”
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“Hey, I need a break!”
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“Okay, its your turn.”
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Day Dreaming and looking pretty.
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“Hurry up and hatch!”
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“Looking good”
Smith Oaks Santuary, High Island, TX - 2017
A small section of the rookery.

Up next, the fuzzies!

 

 

~Birding in Texas

~April 7, 2017 near Beaumont, Texas

Birding, one of my favorite hobbies, can be enjoyed just about anywhere. All you need is a pair of binoculars and if you like a birding book to help you identify what birds you are spotting. It is a good way to get in some hiking as well.

When traveling across Texas it isn’t difficult to find interesting, diverse and beautiful, birding spots.

Great Egret (flyover with nesting material)

High Island, Texas not far from Beaumont, is world renowned for its birding especially during migration periods. I love to visit Smith Oaks Santuary to see what is going on. And, this time of year it is a busy place!

You can read about the birding opportunities in this area at the web-site below.

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I was able to capture this Great Egret flying over the rookery carrying nesting material. His nest sitting mate was patiently waiting for him to bring her this gift.

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A pretty big stick.

 

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Notice he has the main branch of the stick and the smaller branch in his bill. Doesn’t want to drop it after all his work on finding it.

 

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I didn’t see where he finally landed with his prize.

 

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What a beauty, with his colorful, breeding face.

I was using my Tamron 600mm lens, Canon 70D camera on a tripod. These two birds are males.

We are staying at Hidden Lake RV Park. It is a very nice RV park located off of I-10 on the west side of Beaumont. We have enjoyed walks around the lake several times. From here we can easily drive to High Island and are just 4 miles from Cattail Marsh (more on this lovely birding spot later).

Happy Birding!

Gorgeous mail Great Egret
Gorgeous mail Great Egret

~A few birds…

While traveling in Florida I have seen a few birds. I haven’t had much opportunity for birding, because the weather has been so rainy with high winds. The rain and wind has to end at some point!

Jonathan Dickinson State Park…

Loggerhead Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike
Blue Jay
Blue Jay

The Villages…

~~Okay, name this caption~~
Ring-billed Gull
What big feet you have Mr. Coot.
American Coot
"What do you think he is looking at?"
Great Egret

Eastbank Campground…

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Pied-billed Grebe

 

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~Photo Play – Just the Right Stick~

Last Spring I introduced you to Mr. and Mrs. Roseate Spoonbill – Samuel and Rose, and to Mr. and Mrs. Great Egret – Eugene and Louise.

Well, guess what, they are back to entertain you in my “Just the Right Stick” photo play, which comes to you from The Rookery at Smith Oaks, High Island, Texas.

Here is Eugene, hunting for a stick, or so we think, to bring to his mate Jeez Louise. If you remember, Eugene calls her Jeez Louise, because she is never satisfied. Notice his complete focus throughout his endeavor.

Eugene tells Rose and Samuel, "I need to get to that stick over there."
Eugene tells Rose and Samuel, “I need to get to that stick over there.”
Eugene tells Samuel, "let me just reach over you for a better look at that stick."
Eugene tells Samuel, “Let me just reach over you for a better look.”
Rose, tells Samuel, "are you just going to let Eugene interrupt your grooming?"
Rose, tells Samuel, “Are you just going to let Eugene interrupt your nap and gosh he almost speared me with that long, ugly, pointed bill of his.”
Rose tells Samuel, "do something he is scaring me."
Rose tells Samuel, “Do something, Eugene is starting to scare me. Are you sure he is going after the stick and not Sam, Jr?”
"Samuel my sweetheart, that is a wonderful idea, push Eugene with your wing or just kick him!"
“Samuel my sweetheart, that is a wonderful idea, push Eugene with your wing or just kick him!”
"That worked Samuel, you are my hero."
“That worked Samuel, you are my hero. But wait, Eugene is now closer to Sam, Jr.” Samuel tells Rose, “I’ll just keep my wing spread out in case he decides to come back over here and Sam, Jr. will just have to fend for himself.”
Eugene says, "Sorry for my intrusion, but Louise wanted this stick."
Eugene says, “Sorry for my intrusion, but Louise wanted this stick. Oh, hi Sam I didn’t see you down there.”

 Until next time…..

"I better get this stick before Louise sends Eugene after it."
“I better get this stick before Louise sends Eugene after it.”

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~Eileen for Saturday Critters 

http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com/2015/04/saturdays-critters-68.html

~Great Egret~

 Great Egret in Breeding Plumage

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During mating season when the Great Egrets start to build their nests, I wonder how they go about choosing just the right stick. It is so much fun to watch them hunting for, choosing and then delivering to their mate, just the right one. I took these photos at The Rookery at Smith Oaks, High Island, Texas.

Until next time…

Keep Gathering!

Displaying its gorgeous feathers and looking over the nest.
Displaying its gorgeous feathers and looking over the nest.