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Wetlands Preserve

Just to get this off my chest:
What is the difference between Capitalism and Socialism?
Capitalism is the exploitation of man by man
Socialism is the exact opposite.

Ahhhhhh, now I feel much better. Humor aside, I will begin my post...Anyway, I'm a bit behind in scheduling posts that have been sitting in draft since the upgrade of the new computer from my son.  A couple of Sundays ago Bud and I did our usual long walk. The morning was sunny, the temperature was cool, the wind was brisk yet not too energetic where we'd have to force our every step. We decided to go to a newer, still incomplete, trail system. The trails are all over the chaparral area of south Corpus Christi...filled with mesquite trees, cactus, small pools of water and part of Oso Bay at the end of the trails. The city has had problems with the ATV owners tearing up the landscape, so now and in the future it looks to be just a pedestrian trail. It's posted these days with motorized vehicle banning, in hopes of curtailing the damage done from those that don't respect a good thing when it hits 'em in the eye.

Eventually, this area will have a learning center. The construction of the building has begun and partially complete. It will, by the looks of it, be a great facility for students and nature lovers alike! Bud and I decided to take a different trail this time after we walked about 2 miles to the large overhanging observation deck at the bay waters. The 'new' trail meanders through the shrubs and trees, winding here and there and around. The birds were a bit quiet, tho we did see many cardinals and mockingbirds and only ONE hawk, a red tailed hawk. Oh and of course, grackles. Those grackles are everywhere!! As we were investigating and enjoying the quiet of the morning hours, we heard a few calls from the Sandhill Cranes..........they're returning for the winter. I spied them flying above us eventually. And as we walked out of the area, Bud and I spotted two in the grasslands about a quarter of a mile from the pathway.

But, before I share those photos of the cranes, I wanted to delve into the new building. By the looks of this, there will be a huge parking lot surrounded by pools, natural landscaping and several outlooks facing into the vegetation for viewing wildlife. The pathway that we have frequented a few times, was opened for public use a couple of years ago. And the learning center is estimated to be completed by late Spring early Summer of 2015. I'm excited to have such a facility so near by. And I'm hoping it will rival with Aransas Wildlife Nature Reserve that is about 100 miles from here, or the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge outside of Brownsville.

...showing the construction and area of the new learning center:


Now, the birds. Of course, y'all didn't think I'd not share some of my birding passion, did you?  These photos are of the Sandhill Cranes and one Northern Mockingbird that is framed in the branches...


...then arriving at the elevated observation deck:
The marshland and water with the sunlight and water tower in the distance is Oso Bay and looking farther south toward the suburb of Flour Bluff, Texas.  The bird in flight and perched is one of my favorites...the bird of prey, a raptor, the osprey.   The photo of the bird walking 'on water' is the reddish egret I believe...being that it's only silhouetted with the sunlight, it could be a tri-colored heron.  Of which, I can't be sure without more observation.




...read more HERE
a 19 page pdf file on the upcoming projects of the city's nature preserve



52 comments :

  1. I think it's going to be beautiful once finished. I also hope that you will go back and show us the finished preserve. The marshlands are gorgeous in your photos. A wide array of amazing wildlife, waiting to be discovered.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Hopefully I'll be able to get back...probably even before it's finished. lol

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  2. so many birds I love the bluebird, plover, and hummingbird the most but all fascinate me be well sandy

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    1. ...thanks. glad you enjoyed the post.

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  3. The cranes are such beautiful and graceful subjects.How wonderful to have such a preserve nearby! In my little wounded "preserve" the first thing that the ATV drivers do it tear down any signs that are erected, and even trample and deface what remains of them. Enforcement has been abandoned, so far as I can see, probably because there are plans by the Army Corps of Engineers to turn the entire area into a reservoir within the next 10 years. By law, they must "trade" the land for "equivalent" mitigation wilderness somewhere else in the state, but there is none anywhere near her, so far as I can determine. Presently all of the southeastern Everglades are either part of the National Park or designated Water Conservation Areas such as our local wetland, already set aside by developers or the state under perpetual conservation easements.

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    1. ....and that is such a shame to read this about those that disrespect the land.

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  4. photo number 13 of the water and sun shining is Awesome... i will never understand why humans want to destroy our beautiful environment.. that is why we have to have so many laws. this will be a wonderful place when the buildings are completed. Florida treats us well here. we have 6 preserves all with in 15 mile radious, 2 are like this one youposted today and have buildings

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    1. I must get to Florida someday soon to go birding. Thanks Sandra

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  5. Very nice. I'm glad that these preserves are still being constructed, as our world becomes more and more crowded, it's necessary to preserve as much wildness as possible. Love your pictures, as usual, Anni, especially that lovely mockingbird in frame. :-)

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  6. I hope those signs work, ATV owners can be pretty determined. It's a bit like the snowmobile folks around here, while they're fun, some folks are reckless (and sometimes destructive) with people's property too! Also- Lovely photos to enjoy with my morning coffee, thanks!

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    1. ...there are always some who are so disrespectful in any situation. They're the rotten apples.

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  7. Beautiful bird photography and nature's beauty !

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol
    www.acreativeharbor.com

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  8. Terrific captures as always, Anni, and so much beauty!! AND such a great way to begin my day/weekend!! I hope both of yours are as wonderful as your pics!! Enjoy!!

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  9. Certainly a wonderful area for birding. The center sounds like a great place to have so near. Your photos are beautiful.

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  10. sweet mockingbird shot! like the osprey, too!

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    1. I don't do facebook at all....but I will keep Denise in my thoughts and prayers

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  12. Anni, you do such a great job with these mosaics, so I'm guessing you like to work with photo software. Enjoyed the birds!

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    1. Linda, it's really not a mosaics...it's just the html I have in my blog template that borders each image. Thanks.

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  13. WHAT GREAT PHOTOS. I WOULD SURELY ENJOY YOUR WALKS SEEING ALL THESE GORGEOUS BIRDS. SARGE IS HOSTING 'GIVE US THE BIRD" 11/21-25.
    wE ARE SUPPOSED TO POST PHOTOS OF BIRDS OF ALL KINDS , BIRDS ON THINGS JUST ALL KINS OF FUN STUFF. YOU CAN POST ANYTHING DURING THOSE DAYS. GO TO http://sargespeaksout.blogspot.com for details It was on yesterday's post I think
    hugs madi and cecilia

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    1. If I can find time...I will. Thanks for the heads up on this M&M.

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  14. Nice pictures of the cranes, I think the one of the mockingbird is so pretty with that blue sky in the background, and it's cool to see the osprey's claws!

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    1. ...thanks. Glad you enjoyed the images this time around.

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  15. super enjoyed my visit here today - and, that mockingbird photo - is fabulous . . .

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    1. ....thanks for the positive feedback

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  16. You capture some beautiful bird pictures. I especially like the Mockingbird framed by greens.

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  17. It sounds and looks like a beautiful place. It really is too bad that some people ruin a good thing for others. Glad you will be able to walk the trail.

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    1. I'm anxious for it to be completed. It'll take us several days to try out ALL the different trails.

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  18. Beautiful photos of the birds. Love them all

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  19. A good project, and Anni, these photos are really amazing! I love the bird, framed by the greenery, especially. Gorgeous!

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  20. Dear Anni, A beautiful place and lovely photos. Blessings for a nice Sunday. Catherine

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  21. It is really going to be a nice facility. We have troubles here with ATV tearing up trails and stuff. I don't get why some people have to be so destructive, never mind the noise. I sure wish I was down where you are right now. Cold here. I remember my time in Victoria, Texas. I loved the warm winters.

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    1. ...today it's not all that warm...and it's not even winter yet.

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  22. I love the osprey, such a handsome bird.

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    1. ...that they are...very handsome indeed

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  23. Such a pretty place...sure like your photos.

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  24. Love the Osprey. One has taken to perching just outside my window on occasion and I stare at him every time. Can't wait for this new project to be finished. I'm sure I'll make my way down to visit at least once.

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    1. ...just a little over an hour's drive....you can be here in a jiffy. Thanks Jen. To have one outside my window would be ever so thrilling.

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  25. Sound like the perfect place for birding. And those captures are truly awesome, Anni!

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