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Seems like I’ve hardly been outside since this trip in early Spring…and I really want to share some more photos before full-on summer is here. Enjoy!

This shorebird was literally unmoved by the splash of waves crashing against the rocky shore of the bay near…Baytown, TX.

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She speaks! Small, soft little calls to no-one in particular.

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This was a colorful and active sparrow, running around at the shoreline. It struck me as odd – sparrows are birds whom I expect to see in trees and fields, and near lakes and streams. This one likes the bay!

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I have never seen these most interesting crabs until I went on this trip. Out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw the sand moving. I had to look for a good 15 seconds or so before they (there were a LOT of them) started moving again. I guess my approach spooked them. But wow, when they all started moving, the whole area was in motion. One big claw, one little…no, just one big claw. They eat fast and continuously with the little…hands. Their eyes are held proudly above their head…not just any creature can do that. And when frightened, they dart into holes i the sand, covering up the top with that big claw. Fascinating.

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I’m guessing this is a laughing gull. Great color pattern, obliging subject for me and my camera.

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I love this photo – that turtle is most definitely smiling, and I simply must smile back.

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This small turtle, I’m guessing it is a young one, was in the middle of the road early in the morning. I pulled my car over to move her to the other side, and took the opportunity to photograph her. She pulled into her shell so far that her skin bulged out. What a cutie.

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This young alligator was one of about a hundred I saw during my trip to Anahuac NWR. Lots of sunning and sleeping going on, and lots of little ones. All of the alligators seemed to be incredibly disinterested in people. I am thinking that is why there were no “Beware of Alligators” signs, despite their numbers and proximity to trails. Actually, they probably fear people, given the number of restaurants advertising “fresh swamp alligator” on their signs.

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I will do my best to get more photos up before so much time goes by again. I’ve got some awesome Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret photos, nesting at a rookery.

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