A picture from a visit to the Leonabell Turnbull Birding Center in Port A. This tree was just budding out:
A juvenile White Ibis at Paradise Pond. He will “fish around” with his whole beak in the water looking for a tasty morsel:
Charlie’s Pasture is a newer nature preserve site in Port Aransas. It’s on the other side of the island and run parallel to the shipping channel. It too is only about five minutes (or less) from here. We took a l-o-n-g walk there yesterday from the city swimming pool to almost the end of the walkway and back, which easily took us at least a couple of hours. It was a beautiful spring day in Texas.
My first bug pictures of 2011! A damselfly on the sidewalk:
A bee (or a fly that imitates bees) on a teeny, tiny flower (the bee was maybe 1/3″ inch long). Gotta love the zoom!
And a photo of four of the thousands of pelicans we’ve seen streaming north in long strings along the coast: