Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge/Laguna Atascosa in Texas
Blue-winged Teal Pair
Male Green-winged Teal
Male Blue-winged Teal
Breeding Plumage, Foreground
Photos were taken at Jones Lake and Heron Flats in Aransas NWR and Laguna Atascosa just
prior to darkness.
Jones Lake was observed over two days, where the both teals, the Least Grebe, and American
Wigeon were found.
The real gems were located at Laguna Atascosa, which was worth the drive via a seven-mile detour over very rough terrain. The birds photographed were the Crested Caracara, Greater Roadrunner, White-tipped Dove, Green Jay, Golden-crowned Woodpecker, Gray Catbirds and the very regional Olive Sparrow. The Aplomondo Falcon was seen attempting to apprehend a Gray Catbird, as was the Long-billed Thrasher. Darkness
nearly enveloped us, and I ran out of time trying to get a decent shot of the Long-billed Thrasher. Perhaps next time will yield additional results.