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Tule Lake...Rockport Texas

Wednesday morning, it was warm and humid. Again, the fog was somewhat of a hindrance driving, but I took off for Rockport Texas to see if I could find the Whooping Cranes before they leave their winter feeding grounds for the far north and their breeding areas in the Spring.

I stopped at a couple of places before crossing Copano Bay and heading to Lamar Texas [where Goose Island is located and the cranes]. My first stop was Tule Creek Trail and lake. Still damp, I got out and walked to see what birds were on the lakeside. Close by was an egret and a few Teal [ducks]. I then, crossed the foot bridge and hit a newly organized trail...Shellcrete Trail. This is an area that has historical value to the town of Rockport/Fulton....Shellcrete Square



Tule Lake Observation Tower


Tule Lake  [egret and teal in foreground - whistling ducks in the background]


Another Great Egret in the misty air perched on a tree limb


The new Shellcrete Trail


same...shellcrete Trail


End of trail...to the opening of the backside of Tule Lake


Black Bellied Whistling Ducks...


Shellcrete Trail...Tule Lake and White Ibis mingling with Whistling Ducks


As I approached, the Whistling Ducks flew yonder...


...and the Ibis went the opposite direction.

Back in the car, I continued and then stopped at Linda Castro Birding Sanctuary.  It was a short time spent there...a few ducks on the pond, some tiny unidentified birds flitting from brush piles to brush piles.  I heard a cardinal, and spotted a Ladder Backed Woodpecker. 

Then...leaving this area, I put on more miles, driving over Copano Bay Bridge/Causeway to Lamar Texas, Goose Island and hopefully some Whooping Cranes....

22 comments :

  1. What a nice place this is. I like the looks of that trail. It sort of speaks to you and says come follow me :)
    I liked your idea for a card on my blog yesterday. I think I'll see what I can do this weekend with that theme

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    1. Awesome! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  2. You really got around! It's wonderful that you can trek the trails and still be able to take interesting pictures to show us your sightings and experiences. Onward!

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    1. I so enjoy getting out and about.

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  3. That egret is huge! I love the fog pictures, and I like that picture of the whistling ducks and ibis on that trail. Good captures, Anni. :-)

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  4. love that tower, it is so beautiful and the views from the tower and that trail makes me want to hoof it down the trail with my camera, just like you did.

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  5. I could feel the atmosphere.... lovely.

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    1. It's nice to know you enjoyed it.

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  6. You got some great shots Anni! What a beautiful trail.

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  7. Those trails look well manicured and relatively easy to walk down. That's the kind of trail I like.

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    1. Yep, most trails nearby are nice to walk...I'm with you that one.

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  8. What a great day and great moody photos. You seem to know all the hiking and birding trails in your neck of the woods.

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    1. I try to keep up with all of them nearby!

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  9. I love those trails. I know people who have property at Rockport but I have never heard of Tule Lake. Nice to see the Whistling Ducks and made me think of the lady who posted a lot of them in years past. I hope she is well.

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    1. Ya, I think of her each time I see those ducks. Ms. T


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  10. Sound like a lovely place for a lovely lady.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Aww, that's nice of you...thanks!

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  11. I have visited Rockport, TX a few times and always enjoyed the birding there and in the surrounding area, but if I recall it was pretty much destroyed by the recent hurricanes. Is that the case? It seems to me that to rebuild there is almost folly.

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    1. When the residents have no choice but to rebuild & reestablish their livelihood ...it make a lot of sense.

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