October 2010, Jim and Bekra Yorke
Caught the bread! October 2010, Jim and Bekra Yorke
October 2010, Jim Yorke
Neotropic cormorants, October 2010
Neotropic cormorants, October 2010. Note white border at base of beak, one feature that distinguishes this species from the double-crested cormorant, which has a wider distribution in N. America.
Neotropic cormorants, October 2010, Jim Yorke
Brown pelican, neotropic cormorant, October 2010
Juvenile brown pelican, October 2010
Brown pelican, snowy egret, neotropic cormorant, October 2010
Brown pelican, snowy egret, October 2010
Snowy egret, October 2010
Semipalmated plovers, Christmas day, 2010
Laughing gull, January 2011
Sanderling, an active little sandpiper, winter coloration, Jan 2011
Semipalmated sandpiper (palmated=webbed toes, his are partially webbed). January 2011
Great white egret
Sandhill cranes, January 2011
Whimbril (curlew family), Jan 2011: fairly common, large (15-19'), long decurved bill, striped head. DDx: other curlews.
Whimbril (curlew family), Jan 2011: note striped head.
Ring billed gull and laughing gull
Ring billed gull and laughing gull, January 2011
Laughing gull, winter coloration
Ring billed gull, Jan 2011
Common tern, winter: graceful small (13-16") slim bird, deeply forked tail. Winter: incomplete cap, blackish beak
Juvenile white ibis, January 2011
Juvenile white ibises, January 2011
Juvenile white ibises, Jan 2011
Western meadowlark, January 2011
Great blue heron, Jan 2011
Semipalmated sandpiper, April 2011, Jim and Bekra
Great white egret, , April 2011, Jim Yorke
Takeoff by a willet: A large sandpiper of the interior West and the ocean beaches, known by its piercing calls and bright black-and-white flashing wings. November, 2011, Jim Yorke
... and landing...
Robert and pelicans, November 2011, Jim Yorke
Ring-billed gull, November 2011, Jim Yorke
Caspian tern, November 2011, Jim Yorke
Crested caracara ("Mexican eagle"), November 2011, Jim Yorke
Crested caracara, November 2011, Jim Yorke
White ibis, November 2011, Jim Yorke
Reddish egret, November 2011, Jim Yorke. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, there are only 1,500 to 2,000 nesting pairs of Reddish Egrets in the US - and most of these are in Texas. They are classified as "threatened" in Texas and receive special protection (in Tx, special protection is probably a cap on the number you can shoot (BY)).
Willets! November 2011, Jim Yorke
Marbled Godwit. Winters on the TX Gulf Coast. Long, bicolored, slightly upturned beak is a distinctive feature. November 2011, Jim Yorke
Notice the water being kickup by the air from the wings of this egret. November 2011, Jim Yorke
Jim Yorke, November 2011.
An explosion of seagulls, November 2011, Jim Yorke
Juvenile blue heron, November 2011, Jim Yorke
This heron cannot decide what to do.
Up up and away!!!
or maybe not.
Time to go home.
American Oystercatcher, grackle, November 2011, Jim Yorke
Accompanying the Boliver ferry, January 2012
Barred owl, San Bernard Natl Wildlife Refuge, Jan 2012
Magnificent sandhill cranes wintering in Galveston
Cormorants settle in for the evening on the ropes of the tall ship Elissa, a three-masted, iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1877
Cormorants settle in for the evening on the Elissa, Jan 2012
Black crowned night herons
American avocets, March 2012
Red-tailed hawk on the Blue Water Highway, March 2012
Roseate spoonbills, High Island, March 2012
Turkey vulture, High Island, March 2012
Great egrets, cormorants, High Island, March 2012
Gar, High Island, March 2012
Black skimmer coming in! Rollover Pass, Boliver, March 2012
Sandwich tern, Rollover Pass, Boliver, March 2012
Oystercatchers and black skimmer, Rollover Pass, Boliver, March 2012
Grackle, leucistic pied pattern
Green heron, March 2012
Cattle egret, pale orange breeding plumage
Forster's tern at work
Juvenile cormorant, tan-gray (adult is black)
One fine pelican, gorgeous breeding plumage
Yellow crested night heron
Snowy egret strutting his stuff
Gorgeous great white egret, high breeding color, green eyepatch ("lore")
Roseate spoonbills happily dabbling
Ruddy turnstone and laughing gulls
American coot, Northern shovelers (female and male), blue-winged teal
Barred owl, venturing out a bit early
At an underpass... compare CLIFF swallow nests...
... to CAVE swallow nest
Making use of last year's swallow nest!
Redhead (the actual name)
Green eyepatch ("lore") seen in high breeding season