Monday, January 26, 2015

South Padre Island Birding Center

After lunch we headed over to the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center which is adjacent to the Laguna Madre.  As we walked in we were already greeted by a Great Egret.

The Birding Center

The Great Egret getting a drink

The Great Egret

Loggerhead Shrike

American Coot

American Coots
Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Great Blue Heron hoping the fisherman 
catches something he can have!

Reddish Egret

Wonderful skies today with perfect reflections!

What a perfect day!

Reddish Egret

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Black Skimmer


Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron and a Great Egret

Black-crowned Night Heron  

A little old alligator

A better look at the alligator

The water was low and clear so you could 
see the fish plainly - so could the birds!

Turtles basking in the sun

Common Moorhen


Tri-colored Heron

Ready for flight

Our surroundings

Mexican Mallard Intergrade

White Ibis

Mottled Duck

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron - he is pretty colorful

Monarch Butterfly

A view from the top level of the Birding Center

All the birds people have identified at the Birding Center

We stopped in the Birding Center to get some water which they didn't have and hit the restrooms.  Then we decided to take the boardwalks next to the South Padre Island Convention Center.  These boardwalks are older and there isn't as much traffic but the main reason we decided to go is that I saw a Roseate Spoonbill take flight in that area so we had to go find them.

The area looks much the same

There's a spoonbill in there!

And we found them!  -  The Roseate Spoonbill

Gotta love the reflections today!

Northern Pintails

Roseate Spoonbills

Great Blue Heron taking off

Love the sky and water today!

A Great Blue Heron and a White Ibis

We decided from here that we would head over to Isla Blanca County Park on the South end of the island.

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