I arrived to the Rio Grand Valley Birding Festival a few days early so I could explore this part of Texas I have never been before. It is so very hot and humid, simply not enjoyable to be sweating and continually drinking fluids! But the great news is I have seen 8 new birds in one day while visiting the South Padre Island Birding Center! I also listened to a presentation about American alligators. The presenter had a 3 year old alligator and we could touch its soft, smooth leathery skin …cool!
The birding center has a 3/4 mile boardwalk through mangrove trees, to the bay, and mudflat areas. As a result there are various birds at each location plus the ones flying overhead. I arrived early to walk the boardwalk and then my entrance fee allowed me to return before 5:00pm when they close and stay as long as I wished! That was fantastic! Fewer people were here later in the day so I felt like I had the place to myself with the birds.
Here are my new birds after hanging out at this place for a couple of hours in the morning and another hour in the late afternoon.
The American oystercatcher is the only one I did not get a photograph of, yet I will be back out to this place in a couple of days and maybe it will be possible then. For that bird I needed a longer zoom lens. However, there was a nice sunset:
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Wow! These are great! Are you still in Texas? I believe I explained that we were gone until Nov. 21. We are home now and recovering from some nasty cold virus that really has taken its hold. We have 3 prescriptions and are getting better. I want to invite you, but you might be exposed to this virus from the Mediterranean…
I hope you and Bob had a wonderful trip. I am home and someday we will connect. I look forward to hearing about your adventure. Be healthy soon!