In my previous post, I had an 'unknown' critter image. Well, unknown to some, but mostly, most guessed correctly. It was an eel. I also stated in that post that there was a 'story' behind the eel image. You see, on a cloudy, Sunday morning in the recent weeks, Bud and I took our early trek along the Oso Bay Nature Preserve Trail [one of them] and ended up at the elevated observation platform. Here, we witnessed the survival [aka hunting and killing techniques] skills of a Great Blue Heron. God Blessed Tex-us!! Just click on the thumbnail provided below. It's a little over 3 minutes' viewing time.
If the image and link doesn't load properly, here is the url: https://youtu.be/ndonyu0di_U
Continuing with the post, we drove to see what the flooded areas north and east of town were still like from the heavy rainfall in the past weeks....
I ordered a new camera, and I got notice on my phone app that it had arrived. I opted for store pick-up [no postage that way and I could 'check it out' at the store to make sure I actually would be satisfied], so we ventured out to go pick it up. When we got back home, I played with it for a while to get the hang of some of its operations - I'm sure a lot of the things on it I'll never use. But it has a more powerful zoom lens. I will now need a new tripod when we go birding. LOL The high powered zoom makes the images way too blurry with just being hand held.
On Tuesday, we took a little time from some of the work we're doing around the house; just to get away for a few hours. We decided to drive to a small town on highway 77 to check out the course of the river that has been flooding the area. As we have been keeping up with the conditions near a park we frequent, we drove to the park. Some of the area is on a bluff...here there is a hawk watch platform. The entire park, with picnic tables and boating ramps is in, more or less, a valley. We can climb the hawk watch tower and view down below.
Altho, it's receding quite a bit, there is still tell-tale signs of heavy flooding that has closed the park for nearly 2 weeks...
Two ponds that are 'normal'...in other words, this is a continual thing. But the next photo [use of zoom lens from the hawk watch platform] is of a large tree root in the river. THAT has never been there before this year...the flood waters obviously carried this from upstream to here. And, if you enlarge the photo you can see the bubble action on the river top...on any normal day you don't 'see' the current. Normally, this is a slow moving, QUIET river. And the banks of the river are wider than what it 'should be'.
More of the river and it's more rapid current, and over flowing banks. The next photo, if you enlarge it, you can see quite a lot of standing water over the 'valley'....this is receding flood waters...by the looks of the surrounding area, this was all under water at the peak of the flooding!! [both with use of zoom lens]
There are two ducks in the upper left hand corner of this next photo. And the wood jutting up in the grasses of the park...never there before [zoom lens]. And the last photo, Bud and I walked from the hawk platform down the park road and began walking down the hill toward the river...this is the park road that goes around the area, to the picnic area/river bottom/boat and kayak ramps. The river is along the tree line in the background. The park road is still closed. And probably will remain closed for some time yet. We drove home over the interstate highway and heading south, looking off to the left of the highway, the river was still out of it's banks by several feet. The closer to the Gulf we got...heavy flooding in the bottom land still!! If I remember correctly, the media/news/weather app on the phone stated the Nueces River crested at 29.8 feet. Which is about 10 to 15 feet above it's banks. That is some DEEP flooding.
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The eels found in Texas:
Texas distribution: Originally found in large rivers from the Red River to the Rio Grande. Extirpated in several drainages, attributed to reservoirs that impede upstream migration (Hubbs et al. 1991). Warren et al. (2000) listed the following drainage units for distribution of american eel in the state: Red River (from the mouth upstream to and including the Kiamichi River), Sabine Lake (including minor coastal drainages west to Galveston Bay), Galveston Bay (including minor coastal drainages west to mouth of Brazos River), Brazos River, Colorado River, San Antonio Bay (including minor coastal drainages west of mouth of Colorado River to mouth of Nueces River), Nueces River. Hubbs (2002) reported that dams have precluded young eels from repopulating Caddo Lake in northeast Texas.
Common name: American Eel
Synonyms and Other Names: American Eel, Anguille, black eel, bronze eel, glass eel, green eel, river eel, silver eel, yellow eel. http://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/factsheet.aspx?SpeciesID=310
Pages in a book found through GOOGLE reads of eels in Oso Bay and around the coastal waters near Corpus Christi.