Taking the camera and tripod out for a 'test spin', we drove to the causeway that traverses the Nueces Bay, between Corpus Christi and Portland Texas. Here, underneath the highway, is a rookery. You can get a very short glimpse of it from the bridge, but all too soon disappears for any photo ops. You have to get below the highway!! There is a round-about way of finding the area to park, and get a view of the rookery, but this time of year, it's a very busy place. Pelicans, terns, spoonbills, sea gulls, herons, and more are making use of the man-made nests atop stilted platforms, and the tall grasses and rocky shoreline. The only way to get to the small island that the birds use is by boat. I figured with the new zoom lens I could test myself with the very limited knowledge I have on using the camera. I got some photos, found some wee little herons on a few nests, but still the photos aren't quality and I need to return to the area and practice some more. LOL
After spending about an hour there in that area, we decided to just take a Sunday Drive. We took Navigation Highway that goes behind the ship channel on one side and the Nueces River on the other side. Being that it IS in the proximity of the ship channel, this highway has a lot of truck traffic during the week. On the weekend, especially early Sunday morning, it's usually pretty quiet. Not so on this particular day. Altho, the trucks were at a stand-still, the highway's shoulder was cab to trailer trucks!! We didn't stop and count 'em, but from the ship yard entrance....for about 4-5 miles it was all trucks! Waiting to empty their cargo on the ship/s.
At the last curve, before entering the interstate highway system, there is a pond with much foliage/tree cover. There, the wood storks had taken over. I counted about 30 wood storks. We pulled the car over, and I got out to get some photos of the storks in the tree-tops. Without the tripod, so again, the photos aren't of the clarity I'd want. I guess it'll be wise to take TWO cameras with me when out birding....one for use on the spur of the moment, and the other for photos that will take a lot of focusing at a far distance. Live and learn.
Anyway, part of our morning I share in photos:
Birds on a wire...purple martins [1 & 2] - Stars 'n' Stripes framed in tree branches
G B Heron flying away over pond - moon - Green Heron near pond's edge
Wind Turbines along the River Banks - Train Car [possibly transient home?]
Oil Refinery....exhaust from the refinery [enlarge and mind the outer glow of the exhaust] Hmmm.
At home....my mini-orchids of many colors
I thought I'd join in on Good Random Fun today.