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Oh, Oh...Almost Paradise!!!

At Port A, on Mustang Island, where so much hurricane damage took place in August of 2017, I try to get there often to see the changes and repair work happening. And now that it's migration season at its busiest, I try to get there a couple times a week. On Monday, I drove there to two birding hot spots and then took a side road to the beach...




...along the ship channel, dozens of cargo ships were out, anchored, waiting for the channel pilots to board and take them through the waterway to Ingleside, or Corpus Christi with their loads [or empty; picking up loads to take to all ports of the world]. As I drove along the shoreline, a shrimp boat was coming in. And, 100s of royal terns [and laughing gulls] were sitting along the way...a few were displaying and courting!! I love watching the ritual...the males are so relentless; never giving up.





At Paradise Pond, a lot of work is a continual battle. A whole lot of damage occurred here. While the birds don't seem to mind, there is human landscapers and birds to watch. I'll share some 'regulars' here today. A Black Bellied Whistling Duck, perched on a fallen tree is a Great Blue Heron, then just before some small grackles came in to chase the large Black Crowned Night Heron away, I was able to get a photo of it.  A White Ibis was in search of insects; or crustaceans among the fallen debris.  [This particular Ibis is coming into breeding colors - the black tip on the red beak is a tell-tale sign].


Before I left, walking out of the park to the car, I saw several other birds...orioles, thrushes, ducks, blackbirds, buntings, redstarts, warblers of many kinds, and butterflies A particular blossom caught my eye as I left - - there were seed tassels clinging to its petals:




Read more about the restoration of the village and birding hot spots HERE



22 comments :

  1. i love that flower with the hanging seeds. i see what you mean about almost paradise.. i have not seen a shrimp boat like that since i left Savannah, there were always shrimp boats out and about there. and a ships channel to watch like this one. great shots as always

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    1. the area is still a shambles. but in years to come, it'll be pretty again [I hope)

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  2. Wonderful pictures of the birds courting, and the larger ones in the second set. :-)

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  3. Those terns are so goofy, aren't they...

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  4. Informative and very interesting photos and text. Wonder if the seed clinger is a dandelion or milkweed or something else...

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    1. I wouldn't even try to guess what seed it is.

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  5. LOVE THESE PICS!! how I miss watching the ships come into the channel I actually bought fresh shrimp off of the poly anna :) thanks for the memories as always I know you probably are getting tired of me saying that Corpus was my happiest time in life ever

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    1. ...not at all! I love the fact you enjoy looking back to your corpus Christi days!

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  6. Youbsawbabnice variety of birds out there.

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  7. The Royal Terns did give me a laugh; don't know if I have ever heard of them. They are both beautiful and goofy looking! So those are my favorites today. I like looking at your birds and guessing what they are before I read. Today I got about half. Thought the ibis was a stork!

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    1. You did GOOD knowing the birds Ginny

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  8. Wonderful pictures.You are so fortunate to be able to see such a variety of birds.

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    1. I think so...we are right on the migration path for so many!

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  9. I'm so glad they are restoring the village! Those royal terns are very pretty.

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    1. ...this time of year those terms can bit a bit comical too.

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  10. Great bird photos, and I love seeing the flowers, too!
    Hope you are having a great week!

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    1. thanks...hope you're having a great week too Lea

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  11. Thanks again for taking us along on your walk. Something about the water, ships and birds are so relaxing.... have a wonderful day.

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    1. Thanks for coming along...places like this I am able to shut out the world for a couple hours!

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