Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge/Laguna Atascosa in Texas

                                                            Blue-winged Teal Pair

                                                               Male Green-winged Teal

                                                               Male Blue-winged Teal

                                                                       Least Grebe

                                                                    Pied-billed Grebe
                                                           Breeding Plumage, Foreground

                                                                   Greater Yellowlegs

                                                                    American Wigeon

                                                                      Crested Caracara

                                                                   Greater Roadrunner

                                                                    White-tipped Dove

                                                            Golden-fronted Woodpecker

                                                                       Olive Sparrow


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.