Jer and I had a grand visit to High Island, TX on the east end of Boliver Peninsula. We visited the Houston Audubon Society's bird sanctuary, the Smith Oaks Rookery.
The Rookery is in the middle of Clay Bottom Pond. It is a roosting and nesting place for thousands of waterbirds during March, April, and May each year. Right now most of the birds have mated and are either finishing nests or tending eggs.
The photo above shows about what our view was when we first stepped out onto one of the wooden viewing areas across from the island the birds are on in in the middle of the pond.
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View from the Path that Encircles the Pond
One Egret was visible with her two babies - that was exciting as these were some of the first eggs to hatch this season. In the next two weeks lots of eggs will be hatching. I might need to go back for that! Hmmmm.
Two Little Egret Chicks (In a Nest with Mom)
Jeepers, I really NEED a new digital camera with a lens that that would let me capture these birds up close. My little Olympus Camedia with it's 4 megapixels was not much better than my iPhone camera.
Since I couldn't really get great shots of the birds, I explored the paths around the lakes. There were plenty of other things to photograph.
I found an abandoned building they call the barn which turned out to be my favorite spot to shoot.
Got lots more photos but I need to edit some of them. Here is a little birdie to say "goodbye" to ya: