Monday, April 27, 2015

The Natural World According to Northeast Texas


                                                                    Swainson's Thrush


                                                          Black-throated Green Warbler


                                                                  Acadian Flycatcher


                                                               Neotropic Cormorant


                                                                Great Egret in Flight


                                                                          Ditto


                                                                       Cattle Egret


                                                                   Roseate Spoonbill


                                                                       Snowy Egret


                                                                            Ditto


                                                                       Great Egret


                                                          Neotropic Cormorant in Nest


                                                                  Great Egret Chicks


                                                     Great Egret Chick Testing His Wings


                                                                 Roseate Spoonbill


                                                                 Great Egret in Flight


                                                                        Snowy Egret


                                                                   Great Egret Chicks


                                                                       Great Egret


                                                                Roseate Spoonbill


                                                              Roseate Spoonbill in Flight


                                                                        Great Egret


                                                                       Snowy Egret


                                                   Great Egret Feeds Two Chicks at Once


                                                     Great Egret on Nest with Eggs(Blue)


                                                 Roseate Spoonbills Had Nest Up in a Day


                                                                Great Egret Chicks


                                                                      Snowy Egret


                                                                  Acadian Flycatcher


                                                             Male Baltimore Oriole


                                                      Barn Swallow with Nestlings

This was the showing of the stars at High Island.  Several sections of this wonderful birding
area were found early close to one another.  Boy Scout Woods had many of the songbirds,
which included warblers, buntings, and other songbirds, with many pools, bubblers, and swamp
areas, made specifically to attract a number of migrating birds coming north during spring migration.
This is a very important stopover for birds to rest up coming from Central and South America on
their way northbound.

This area also includes Heron Island, where birds like the Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, Cattle Egret, and Neotropic Cormorant breed and raise their young.  Most of these birds
live where they are born, but others will migrate.  These areas are dangerous, as alligators also come to the island and snatch eggs, as well as youngsters that fall out of these nest or are too low to the ground.

Also an integral part of the sanctuary is Smith Oaks, another prime area for finding songbirds.
It is also swampy, a little more so than Boy out Woods, and attracts more birds in the afternoons.

I'm a bit behind in my pictures, so bear with me while I try to get caught up.  I have been processing
anywhere between 300-500 photos each day, plus having a full day birding, so this is a working
vacation which is filled with a lot of excitement.


The photos below are from Sundew Trail, a part of Big Thicket National Preserve, which is in Kountze, TX.  This area is filled with butterflies, wildflowers, birds, and other natural life.


                                                                         Anole
                                 

                                                                    Pitcher Plants


                                                                   Blue Grosbeak