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The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
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Sunday Driver!!


Stopping at the traffic light for it to turn green...
the sun was rising



Early Sunday morning I drove to the wildlife refuge in town to get an update on the Anhingas. When I first arrived neither of the two could be seen. I was a bit disappointed in thinking they 'flew the coop'! I continued walking down the boardwalk to the bay water and was transfixed by the sparkling water and morning sun.  The 'peppery-looking' specks in the low lying clouds just above the bay water are seagulls in flight....


The sea breeze was quite calm, tho the temperature was cool for a South Texas resident, it was still in the mid 60s.

Returning to the Ahinga spot I found the female, tho she quickly dropped down into the brush. So, at least they were still there. I felt some relief.

I headed to the pond in the park, and watched the cormorants, the ducks and egrets. On the way a beautiful honeysuckle blossom caught my eye...



I figured by now, it was useless sticking around here since not much was happening...and besides I had to get gas in the car. Driving to Flour Bluff [my favorite station], I filled the tank and decided to get back home and take the long way around. I drove south, in the direction of Yorktown Blvd. and the back side of the city. I stopped to take a photo of the cattle on Caribbean Rd...



...down to Yorktown Blvd., stopping in Bill Witt City Park. The area was quiet but for a few curlews...




...arriving home, pulling in the driveway, I spotted a Cooper's Hawk in the Pecan tree!!  I really didn't need to leave home, the birds come to me.  lol



60 comments :

  1. How nice to have weather you can get out and enjoy Anni....great photos....thank you for linking in.. Michelle

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  2. Good Afternoon, Anni. I am an early riser, and we sure see some pretty sights when we get out and about early, don't we? Your pictures are so pretty. Amazing to see the Cooper's Hawk in your pecan tree! I love that colorful honeysuckle bloom, too.
    Have a blessed afternoon, Mildred

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    1. Oh, me too. I love the quiet of the mornings when everything is still asleep and I can then experience a new dawn.

      Thanks for stopping by today Mildred.

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    2. I appreciate your visit to my blog and your sweet comment about Theo! He is a 2 yr old Chihuahua/Cairn Terrier mix, who was going to be put down at age 2 and we were able to rescue him. He gives us so much joy and I appreciate you commenting on his photo.

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    3. Oh....that background just melts my heart. I'm so glad you rescued him. He IS a doll-face.

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  3. Your first nature photos are out of this world GORGEOUS! Makes me think a bit of Hawaii. I love the far away seagulls flying under the sun. Great curlew shot, I have never seen one! We don't have them here. WOW, those are LONG horns! Hence the name! Seems Mr. Cooper had paid a call and was still waiting for you.

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    1. ya, and Mr. Cooper left as soon as I snapped the one photo. :-(

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  4. I love to watch curlews as they are busily looking for tasty morsels. Those long beaks just amaze me.

    Love the sunrise too. Hope you have a wonderful week.

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  5. Amazing horns on the cattle and a lovely sunrise.

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  6. So much to see on your own doorstep. Definitely worth getting up for the sunrise and to see the beauty of nature that surrounds you.

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  7. What a nice welcome home after a nice morning

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  8. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Sunday! I sure envy you and all your knowledge of birds and other critters!

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  9. What a 'drive' ~ beautiful photography ~ each one very special ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a special week ~ ^_^

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  10. Great pictures.Sounds like your drive was well worth it.

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    1. For the most part, it was a good quiet Sunday drive! Thanks Ruth

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  11. Great you get out and enjoy nature at her best. I would have to do my driving for birds in the afternoon. Not a morning person.

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    1. By afternoon, I'm busy reading these days. But I've been known to go back out in middday. :o)

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  12. That hawk in your pecan tree? Wow, you must have the magic touch!!

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    1. They do show up occasionally!!!

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  13. No rest for the wicked. You had quite a route with all your birds and cows to checkout.I have never heard of Ahingas and yours is the second post in five minutes with them in it. It's a sign maybe.

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  14. Hello Anni, pretty sunrise. I love the view of the water and the cattle. The Curlew and the Hawk are great sightings. Enjoy your day and the week ahead.

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    1. Thank you Eileen...hope you have a special day today too!

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  15. LOVE those Longhorn cows.. wish I could see them... the palms against the sky are my favorite thing here when driving home each morning from the YMCA, at 6;30 the sky is starting to break and I drive really slow to watch the sky like in your photo... glad your birds came to you and that you took the long way home for me

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    1. I'll let you in on a little secret...when I was getting pictures of the cattle, I thought of you right away.

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  16. Hello Anni!:) Thank you so much for your welcoming visit and kind comment. Your captures of the early morning sunrise are beautiful,...It's truly a gift to witness such stunning scenes as these first hand, with only the distant calls of wildlife breaking the silence. Great sightings of the Curlews, it's a lovely photo, and the Hawk,.. what a fantastic sight waiting for you on your return home,...another special moment. It's always a pleasure to see your Longhorn cattle too, and this attractive Longhorn, seems to have even longer horns than usual, in comparison to it's body size. Have a great rest of the week Anni, and thanks for sharing your morning walk.:)

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    1. I'm so glad to have you feeling up to visiting!!
      Take things easily for a while!!

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  17. I enjoy the mornings as well. Something about starting a new day together with the world! Lovely photos.

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  18. Amazing longhorns!
    Hope you are having a great week!

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    1. Thanks Lea...and have a great week too

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  19. the honeysuckle is so pretty. love the cattle. what a nice treat waiting for you at home. :)

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    1. It was a treat...just wish it would've stuck around a bit longer for a photo session. LOL

      Thanks Marie.

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  20. Nice shots! All I could get today was a pair of mourning doves. Oh to be young again and be out and about but I have you to show me the way now.

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  21. Anni now that was a great way to spend a Sunday.
    I saw my first and only Ahinga in South Carolina many years ago.
    Hugs Madi and mom

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  22. Great weather for a Sunday drive. I liked seeing those big horn cattle! We see one on a farm adjacent to the bike path when we biking to Aspen. I always stop to take its picture ( a novelty!). It's snowing here in Breckenridge - no flowers blooming!

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    1. That doesn't surprise me...Colorado spring snows are a 'given'!

      Hope you're doing well Barb.

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  23. Haha! Go figure! But then you would've missed that gorgeous sunrise shot! The little curlews are so cute and them are some big horned cattle! :) Whoa! I can't wait for 60 degree mornings! x K

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    1. I wish it would hover at 60 degrees....but our summers are brutal and those days are coming all to quickly....again!!

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  24. Tis true Anni - here's a little bird coming to you! Wow those Longhorns have to form an orderly queue when it comes to dinnertime don't they?! Great photos so it looks worth the drive to me :)
    Wren x

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    1. Wren....I can't leave you a comment 'cause your comments are Google Plus only. But, thanks for stopping by.

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  25. What a beautiful drive! You found some great birds and beasts!

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    1. Thanks...I like the reference to 'birds and beasts'

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  26. Nice drive and lovely scenery and critters! Thanks for taking us along.

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  27. What a wonderful and fruitful drive with all the snapshots. Have a happy day!

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  28. Looks like you did have some luck on your drive, I'm enjoying your pics and glad you shared them.

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  29. I love your drives Anni. Lots of great things to spot. Have a fun weekend! Chris

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