Archive for August, 2014

Family shots

August 15, 2014  |  Family  |  Comments Off on Family shots

A few shots of the Birding crew!

Jen at Pedernales falls

Jen at Pedernales falls

 

 

Jen, Val, T, and Phil

Jen, Val, T, and Phil

 

 

Scott's

Scott’s

 

 

Laguna Gloria

Laguna Gloria

 

 

Jen on the Art work at Laguna Gloria

Jen on the Art work at Laguna Gloria

 

 

Limestone formations at Pedernales falls.. part of the Edwards uplift

Limestone formations at Pedernales falls.. part of the Edwards uplift

Dawn on the Pedernales River

August 14, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  1 Comment

We had finally slept at home the night before.. but got up before dawn and made the 35 mile drive to Pedernales falls St. park.. made it there for dawn..

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Warbler Woods

August 13, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Warbler Woods

Back in Central Texas and about an hour south of Austin.. Warbler Woods.. a Private Sanctuary out behind a ranch just north of San Antonio.. It was Very HOT…100+ and no many birds..but they did provide us with Golf Carts to roam around their ranch..

 

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Smith Woods

August 12, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Smith Woods

Nothing but a Snake at Smith woods… A cotton mouth..

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Beach Skeleton

August 11, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Beach Skeleton

When we started hiking on the beach on the Bolivar Peninsula we ran into some biologists doing an autopsy on a logger head turtle, they were part of a turtle rescue team. After saying hi we hiked off and cam by a skeleton on the beach…it was in a circle and looked like a possible turtle.. so I hiked back and grabbed the biologists for a look see.. Turned out it was a adolescent north american alligator that had possibly drowned and all was OK on the Turtle front.. but a neat discovery.

What the Skeleton looked like when we found it.

What the Skeleton looked like when we found it.

 

 

North American Alligator

North American Alligator

 

Stretched out so you can see what it really is

Stretched out so you can see what it really is

 

 

The Bolivar Peninsula

The Bolivar Peninsula

 

Drift Wood

Drift Wood

Crossing to the Bolivar

August 8, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Crossing to the Bolivar

We Left Galveston island and moved north again..this time on the long ferry ride across the Houston ship channel to the Bolivar Peninsula with its wonderful secluded beaches.

Bolivar FRY way

Bolivar FRY way

 

Old Man of the Sea and His Wife!

Old Man of the Sea and His Wife!

 

 

Wide Open Beaches

Wide Open Beaches

 

 

Untouched Sands

Untouched Sands

 

 

Endless view..time to start walking..

Endless view..time to start walking..

 

 

The Marks in the sand make it look like it moved there

The Marks in the sand make it look like it moved there

Galveston Island

August 7, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Galveston Island

We tracked north up the coast of the Gulf of Mexico to Galveston Island.. here we still did not see as many birds as we would hope.. but the island is very nice and we came across from the southern tip which I had never done before..

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Somewhere near Brazoria

August 6, 2014  |  Outdoors  |  Comments Off on Somewhere near Brazoria

We ventured north through Brazoria..and stopped at a bunch of little spots…Here..somewhere near the Brazoria national wildlife refuge…no birds..┬ábut a nice hike in the green tunnels..

The Green Tunnel

The Green Tunnel

 

 

Bayou

Bayou

 

 

Slow moving water

Slow moving water

 

 

More Trails in the tunnel

More Trails in the tunnel

 

 

Palmetto

Palmetto

 

 

Soft and easy walking

Soft and easy walking

 

 

The Crew...Looking for birds

The Crew…Looking for birds

Rockport

August 5, 2014  |  General  |  Comments Off on Rockport

We Woke to very windy conditions in Rockport, and walked around a fishing pier looking for some shore birds.. everything was hunkered down.. so we grabbed some smothered Fajitas!

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Port A

August 4, 2014  |  Family  |  Comments Off on Port A

Port Aransas, one of our favorite spots on the coast.. about three and a half hours from Austin, with nice beaches…and North American Alligators!

Jungle like conditions on a more wild part of the island

Jungle like conditions on a more wild part of the island

 

 

Scott Free Family Birders..in uniform

Scott Free Family Birders..in uniform

 

 

Clouds on murky pond

Clouds on murky pond

 

 

Jen

Jen

 

 

Lazy and Full.. probably on Nutria.. we saw a log of the little rodents

Lazy and Full.. probably on Nutria.. we saw a lot of the little rodents

 

 

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Wonderful Coastal Oak bent by the prevailing winds

Wonderful Coastal Oak bent by the prevailing winds