Posted on February 24, 2015
Recently we took a road trip to the American southwest, visiting places such as Tucson, Arizona, Big Bend National Park in Texas, and Goose Island State Park near Corpus Christi, also in Texas. This post is about things seen at Goose Island State Park and the adjacent Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
Given the amount of hiking we thought we’d be doing all pictures were shot with either a Panasonic FZ200 or a Canon SX40. While the additional reach of the Canon would seem to be an advantage, in real life shooting the FZ200 more consistently produced sharper more usable images even when digitally enlarged to compensate for the shorter zoom.
We highly recommend the Goose Island State Park area if you enjoy birding and nature. The diversity of birds, even during non-migration periods, is wonderful. Also, we had the opportunity to run into old acquaintances as will as to make a number of new friends as we pursued our passion for nature. Good stuff!
Below are pics of just some of the things seen. Hope you enjoy glancing through them.
Below are some shots of the Wooping Cranes which have been brought back from the point of extinction. However, challenges remain. The recent dry years in Texas have caused increased salinity levels in the bays along the Gulf Coast which has resulted in a decrease in the Blue Crab one of their main food sources.
At low tide, extensive mud flats are a great place to see shorebirds.
We saw a number of Killdeer, a common bird adjacent to the farm fields of Ohio.
Kestrals were very numerous along the roads in the area. Looking for insects and small rodents.
A very small beautiful dove common to southern Texas.
A typical area to look for shore birds.
Thanks for looking in.
Category: Aransas Natl Wildlife Refuge, Central Ohio Nature, Goose Island State Park Tagged: Balack-crested Titmouse, Black-bellied Plover, Brown Pelican, Canon SX40, Carolina Wren, Chipping Sparrow, Common Loon, Crested Caracara, Dunlin, Eurasian Collared Dove, Great Egret, Harris's Sparrow, Inca Dove, Kestral, Killdeer, Ladder-backed woodpecker, Lincoln Sparrow, Northern Pintail, Panasonic FZ200, Roseate Spoonbill, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderlings, Sandhill Crane, Savannah Sparrow, Snowy Egret, White Pelican, Willets, Wooping Crane
Posted on March 14, 2014
This will be the last post for a while that discusses a natural area other than one located in Ohio. The pictures are from a visit to Lovers Key State Park near Fort Meyers, Florida during a recent trip south to escape the winter cold in Ohio. Our visit consisted of a paddle in the Mangroves and then a walk along the beach to look for shells and whatever else there was to see.
We decided to paddle first hoping that, because it was earlier in the day, we might see more birds and other critters. We took advantage of a beautiful five mile “paddle only” trail within the park that provided views of herons and Ibises, however no Manatees were seen.
The beach was also beautiful and turned out to be relatively unpopulated even though our visit was on the weekend. Shorebirds seemed to be very acclimated to people so a photograph didn’t require a long telephoto. When not being amused by the birds we did have some luck finding interesting shells.
We started seeing shorebirds almost immediately:
A beautiful day and a beautiful beach:
We returned to the frozen north to soon but given the birds and other wildlife that can be observed in this area of Florida, it could well become a yearly destination.
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