Thursday, November 24, 2011

More from Anahuac


(Above: Forester's, Royal and Caspian Terns. Below: Black-bellied Plover)
Yeah, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is cool. Probably you should check it out if you haven't already (Tucker? Duh?). Although, I guess, really, not all of these are from Anahuac itself. Close enough though. I'm not gonna sweat it. If you haven't had the glorious chance to hang out on the Texas coast, well, you'll be disappointed. I mean, the birds are good, yes sir, yes ma'am. But you'll be terrified, horrified, maybe mesmerized in a twisted sort of way by the amount of gross you are surrounded by.
(Above: my tent and Vladimir, my badass civic who knows how to get stuff done. Also, a juvie Brown Pelican embracing it all)
But really, let's not get me started on that right now. I'm already looking for a fight. The birds are totally cool and the beach is a total disaster. I'm trying to be positive. (Also, sorry i've been out of the loop in checking out your blogs lately. Haven't really had internet access the last couple weeks!)
(Above: Neotropic Cormorant, Ring-billed Gull and Sanderlings being all cute and stuff)

24 comments:

ladyfi said...

Wow - fabulous shots! The beach and birds look glorious. (Sorry to hear that it's not being looked after though.)

ingrid said...

Your comments are sadly intriguing ... as in, how gross is gross? I'm in absolute awe of that multi-tern shot, btw.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Geesh Jill, these are typical Jill...marvelous captures, and I really like Texas, don't love it, but I really do like it! Hey...I got married there. lived there, vacationed there as a child...got to embrace it~

Andrew said...

You have some wonderful birds in Texas and your images are lovely to see.
I guess by the content the beach is a bit of a mess..
Camping out in a tiny tent.. welcome to my little world...
Hugs from Andrew.

Johnny Nutcase said...

I LOVE Texas (well, a lot of Texas!) but I've had too many bad experiences with the polluted coast, it bums me out :( I'd live in Hill Country or West Texas forever though - or as often as i can stay in one place, ha.

The Texas coast just has a lot of issues, it's painfully neglected, even Padre National Seashore, where I used to work. Really used and abused :(

Inger-M said...

Wonderful series! I love the first one with the three different kinds of gulls, such a great shot!

Woody said...

Vladimir looks right at home on the beach, my luck, I'd get stuck in the sand. I never gave it much thought, but Texas has quite the range of shore birds, I really like the Black-bellied Plover. I'm guessing the 'gross' is all man-made nasties? If so, it's sad to think about how careless we can be.

Seagull Steve said...

Turnstiles/Tern Styles. Nice.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I've heard the same thing about the TX coast. Great bird shots. And I like your badass Civic.

biobabbler said...

Great composition and 3 terns in 1 shot! Wow.

Yes, re: potentially amazing natural places that get stomped on. Personally, having grown up in California, whenever I see a car on a beach, that is not a lifeguard truck, I am aghast. Not only is it 100% ugly, IMHO, but good luck any ground nesting shorebirds (like, you know, TERNS).

Most amazing birds down there, in south Texas, though. Wow!

Martha Z said...

I've hear about the great birding along the Texas coast and have been birding and wildlife watching at Brazos Bend. I'm sad but not surprised to read that people have had a negative impact on what is otherwise a wonderful place to view nature.

Al said...

It looks like a beautiful place for birdwatching, excellent shots. I've never been to the Texas coast.

mick said...

All great photos but the three terns all lined up like that are very special. Also very nice to see that many Sanderlings together like that. They migrate down here to Australia as well but I have never seen that many together. It's a shame we continue to mess up so much of the environment - and then don't know how to clean it up either!

Ms. Becky said...

these are some fine fine photos - my fave is the Plover. My only experience with Texas was a layover at the Dallas/Ft.Worth airport so I'm not familiar with what the beaches are like. I'll take your word for it though because I'm pretty certain that your idea of gross and my idea of gross would be very similar. happy week to you.

NatureFootstep said...

most of all, I love the shot of the pelican. :)

Gary said...

Great sequence, Jill!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Oh those messy humans always...

Stewart M said...

Hi there - very nice set of pictures - spent more than a few minutes trying to get a 3 tern picture this summer Caspian, crested and common - but failed!

Shame about the beaches - even down in Tasmania we get stuff washed up.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

heyBJK said...

Beautiful shots of the shorebirds! Too bad about the condition of the beach, though.

Hilke Breder said...

I always wanted to visit there. The birds would make it worthwhile even if the beach is a mess. though I would have to do it on my own - couldn't entice my husband there. Lovely shot of the Black-bellied Plover.

Hilke Breder said...

When I visited W.TX several years ago, it looked like a third world country: so much junk, discarded plastic bags snagged on fences fluttering in the wind. But the wildlife fantastic! The Hill Country though is beautiful - learned a lot about it in the first volume of Robert Caro's LBJ biography (which prompted us to visit the area).

Springman said...

Sweet captures Jill, kind of a contrast to your frazzled rant! I get it though. One of my most productive(notice I didn't say favorite) honey holes for bird pics is next to a huge chemical plant. What can you do? I practice selective photography most of the time but I feel a little guilty about misrepresenting the full context of say, Bald eagle pictures. The story of wild life becomes more and more what flourishes in spite of us.
You do the Texan Gulf Coast great justice with your gorgeous photos and that's a great thing!

Pat said...

I love that Pelican shot!

sunflowerkat321 said...

What a great assortment of birds you have here. I live out on Long Island and a lot of our beaches are a real mess too. Everyone who visits should carry out a BAG of trash.