Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Valentine's Day Present From the Birds on Galveston Bay via Rockport, TX


                                                                American Pelican


                                                                      Laughing Gulls


                                                                      Brown Pelican


                                                                         Osprey


                                                            American Oystercatcher


                                                                     Common Loon


02-15-16 afternoon/partly cloudy/warm/15 mph winds

Having grown up both in and around salt water, I was at home both in and around the bay.
Nothing pleases me more than to be birdwatching, but this was an added bonus.  Feeling like I
was part of a more serious cast of Gilligan's Island, I could not have asked for more than this wonderful afternoon.

This was the closest that I was able to get to the Osprey, American Oystercatcher(most ironically on
a bed of oyster shells), and the Common Loon.  There was also a band of several dolphins, but the best photo that I could get was a dorsal fin, so I deliberately omitted that shot.  We were surrounded by both Brown and American Pelicans, Neotropic and Double-crested Cormorants, a few different species of gulls, Great Blue Herons, Great Egret, the Reddish Egret, shore birds, Whooping Cranes in the distance, and many more birds attracted to the water.  There was even a small island rookery for
breeding herons and egrets that was occupied by close to a dozen birds when we passed by it.

Thanks to Captain Tommy Moore on the Skimmer for providing a wonderful cruise on Galveston Bay.  It was wonderful to obtain the photos that I did for my first time on a moving tour boat.  It was an experience that I will not soon forget.

For your birding adventures in the Rockport Texas area, call and book with Capt. Tommy Moore, also author of The Lobstick Prince, a Whooping Crane Story at 877-TX-BIRDS.  You'll not regret this adventure.  The book can be purchased through amazon.com via http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0557179076?keywords=birding%20with%20Capt.%20Tommy&qid=1456240104&ref_=sr_1_fkmr0_2&s=books&sr=1-2-fkmr0