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


                                                                  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)


                                                   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.