The Skimmer took us out to see whooping cranes.
Great Blue Heron dwarfed by tall grass
Along the way we saw great blue herons...
Osprey with kill
Soaring brown pelicans
Whooping cranes hunting crabs
And the star of the show, eating lunch.
Whooping crane gets a running start to take off
"Slim" is a resident great blue heron at the Marine Science Institute Wetlands Education Center
Laughing gulls filled the sky at Mustang Island State Park.
Laughing gulls boast a deep red bill.
Caspian tern shows off his flying skills for a bunch of laughing gulls.
Two sanderlings square off to claim territory on the beach.
Common moorhen in marsh at Aransas NWR
Juvenile white ibis
Juvenile white ibis. He'll grow into that bill!
Big gator seems to enjoy the warm weather.
I can see you....
Orange teeth distinguish the invasive nutria.
White-tailed deer keeps an eye on the camera.
Frog stays mostly submerged in the duckweed.
Butterflies share a big thistle
Tiger moth on thistle, with beetles
Sora rails are rarely seen, but this one wasn't shy at all.
Stink bug eating a thistle.
Still the stink bug...
Black neck stilts wheel over the marsh
Black neck stilts and willets find a new landing zone
Black neck stilts in a crowd of willets
Male blue-wing teals argue over a female (of course).
Slim says so long!