During our travels next winter we hope to return to High Island, Texas during migration. It is a lovely site seeing all the migrating birds stopping for a rest prior to heading to their nesting or summer grounds.
Our stop there in March was fun! I had seen, for the first time, the Black-bellied Whistling Duck a few months before while staying at Myakka River State Park and the Reddish Egret at Fort De Soto County Park. I wonder where this Reddish guy is heading?
This is my first attempt at posting a video, please let me know if you have any trouble viewing.
While visiting The Rookery at Smith Oaks on March 24, 2015, Howard captured the area on video using his iPhone. Look closely and you will see, Roseate Spoonbills, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Neotropic Cormorants. Birds were arriving everyday to this nesting area.
I hope you enjoy seeing the nesting birds. Listen closely and you will hear frogs, lots of frogs.
I don’t know why I left The Rookery with so few Snowy photos. The Neotropic Cormorants, Great Egrets and Roseate Spoonbills outnumbered the Snowy Egrets (while we were there). I don’t remember seeing that many Snowy Egrets.
The Cormorants and the Great Egrets were well on their way to building their nests, sitting on them and a few had laid eggs, while the Snowy Egrets and the Spoonbills seemed to be just hanging out. I think the Spoonbills had just arrived at The Rookery. We were there on March 24, 2015 . I understand life there is hopping these days! What fun it would be to see the chicks!
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.
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.