Thursday, April 17, 2014

South Padre Island, Texas - Day One (Tuesday of This Week)


                                                          Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks


                                                                 Great Blue Heron


                                                            American Oystercatchers


                                                    Great-tailed Grackles(Mating Ritual)




                                                                 Laughing Gull




                                                                   Mottled Duck








                                                         Cattle Egret(Breeding Plumage)


                                                    Tri-colored Heron(Breeding Plumage)


                                                            Red-breasted Mergansers




                                                                     Alligator


                                                                  Mottled Duck


                                                                 Tri-colored Heron


                                                               Great Blue Heron


                           Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Great-tailed Grackle, and Red-winged Blackbird
                  

                                                        Ringed Turtle Dove(Domestic)


                                                                Female House Sparrow


                                                                  Male House Sparrow


                                                     Great Blue Heron(Breeding Plumage)






                                                                       Sora










                                                   Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

The first day on South Padre Island greeted us with a fabulous fallout, and many good photo opportunities were at hand.  This was a most exciting time for me, and there was a storm with high winds the day before, approximately 50 mph winds.  Numerous birds settled in for a much needed rest and a great deal of food to put weight back on their bodies.  They were obviously exhausted and didn't care who was around at this stage.  Each day is a very long day for me, putting in a long day photographing, then returning to process the photos.  As you can see, I am a couple of days behind with photos, getting around 450 of them on Wednesday.  I'm doing my best to get this material out to you, sio wish me luck for that, as well as productive days.