I’m at my desk ready to work my night shift…and thought I’d take a few minutes to escape back to February and the Texas Gulf Coast. I saw a Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) for the first time – a female, beautiful, and content to pose for me.
I visited the Texas Gulf Coast in February this year, finally have 5 mins to share a few pictures of the most interesting bird I saw. The Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) has a beak so thin that you can hardly see it when looking at the bird head-on. Once he turns his head, you can see the unique, bicolor bill. The upper bill is markedly shorter than the lower bill, and they don’t seem to fit togehter. No matter – their bills are perfectly suited for their intended purpose – to drag though the water while in flight, snatching up fish on the go. Super cool.
From the side…
Until next sporadically-timed post, please enjoy.
I visited Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in October, and have been on another trip since then. Santa Ana NWR was so incredible that I cannot just skip it since I did not upload pictures before now. If you like pictures of Nature in all of her wondrous forms, you are in for a treat.
The Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) is a striking bird and full of character. I’ve been preparing a few photos to share and have run out of time, so it looks like I will need to cover Great Kiskadees in more than one post. To save time, I am inserting a small gallery, click on the thumbnail to see the pictures.