Inspired by . . . shore birds
No doubt many of you will consider me odd when I tell you that during our four-day adventure to Galveston, TX last month we spent, all totaled, about five minutes on the beach.
Who has time for sunbathing when there are ships to be explored, wetlands to be navigated and shrimp to be consumed?
Of course, my five minutes on the beach was spent photographing seashells and seaweed, lol! I do look forward to returning to Galveston and exploring her beaches someday. On this trip I was far too enamored with the ‘locals’ to mind the beach.
The welcoming committee.
It really is neat to watch the brown pelicans flying overhead. They are truly beautiful in flight. Maybe on the next trip I can capture one. These appear to be breeding adults, due to the dark brown markings on the back of their heads.
These black-necked stilts moved much too fast for my camera. This was the best shot I was able to get. They appear so fragile on those long legs.
Another fast, and really interesting bird is the clapper rail. Can’t you just see his personality shining through! I love the way he blends into the marsh grasses.
Tide pools are a great place to find the locals! I wanted to get closure to get a better shot of this tricolored heron, fishing with his friend the white ibis, but I was afraid I would scare everyone away.
Here’s another shot of the white ibis.
I saved my favorite for last. I could watch the great egret hunt fish all day long. They are so graceful.
Their necks are so skinny! Some of the pictures I took looked really funny. This image was my favorite of all.
I hope you enjoyed meeting some of the locals of Galveston Island!
Have a wonder-filled day,
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