Tag Archive: nature

Nighthawks, Dickcissels and Boat-tailed Grackles at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

Nighthawks have been a new bird for me here in Texas. I’ve heard them and seen them overhead as they come out at sunset when I’d leave the grocery store, but I never got a good look at one until this day at Anahuac where we saw around 25.

Great Egret and her chicks: Learning to eat takes practice

Eating takes practice, especially when you have a long beak and your food is being passed to you by another even longer beak.

The Roseate Spoonbill Project

I turned to the open water that revealed hundreds of egrets, herons and Roseate Spoonbills, perched, sitting on nests, flying in, flying out, stretching their wings, squabbling over space on a branch, preening, snoozing, or just looking pretty. 

When momma calls it’s time for some crawdads

When the adult was nowhere in sight I heard its hen-like kek-kek-kek. She was calling her chicks who popped their heads up to see where she was.

Leave no stone unturned

The Everglades get all the press. Most folks will turn the direction toward the Everglades off the Florida Turnpike, yet just outside the town of Homestead if you turn the opposite direction you’ll land… Continue reading

Idiot moments in birding

The path we were on was leading us to a pond where we would likely see some good wading birds—essentially anything in the heron family. It’s November and we were at the Key West… Continue reading

Hope is the thing with feathers

We were late. This rare and endangered little hummer only hangs out in the area between December and March and we were there in early April and no one seems to know where it goes for the rest of the year.

There’s nothing wrong with easy birding

There are the lovely, easy days where you get to stroll on a fairly flat trail by a river and come upon a bird you’ve never seen before.

I take more photos of birds when I’m not suffering

It was still dark as we loaded our gear into the van. Guayaquil, Ecuador is steamy even at 5:30 in the morning and I was already sweating. I lifted myself into the van… Continue reading

Strip birding. Because sometimes you have to.

After a very cold morning around 14,000 feet elevation we drove for several hours down to sea level to spend the next several days birding along the Ecuadorian coast. I went from wearing… Continue reading