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Day of the Turtles...

If you ever frequent [visit] my bird photo blog, you probably remember me mentioning Charlie's Pasture. Before the damage from the hurricane, I would go there to walk the long boardwalk that meandered over the salt flats and do some bird watching. Oftentimes a huge flock of spoonbills would be seen along with other waders. But, of course, only when there was enough water for them. Other times, dry-land birds would show up, the likes of larks, hawks, and more. This time, of course, is when the salt flats would become arid during the dry months; desert-like. The access road and ship channel wall were highly damaged, and still it remains closed by the park's entrance gate. BUT!! --there is a 'back way to enter by foot'. On Thursday of the past week, I parked my car at the Port Aransas Community Park and walked the paved trail with park benches and covered gazebo observation decks placed strategically with good viewing vantages....through the pasture. Some areas were dried up, while other sections had fresh water ponds. Of course, the trail only goes so far before it's closed off for human traffic with un-repaired damages along the long boardwalk. Seeing only a couple birds, a sparrow and a shirke, this is pasture-land that I saw:




After reaching my 10,000+ step goal, I returned to the car to drive to a couple small refuges to check them both out. One was the area where I had close encounters with Boots, the alligator. The parks and recreation had that walkway cordoned off with Keep Out signs posted. Hmmmm. You don't suppose they saw me? LOL Once I got as far as I could go legally, I am happy to report they are rebuilding the boardwalk that was ripped out by high water and strong winds of Harvey in 2017!! I can't wait for it to re-open. Maybe next year at this time? Or earlier? I can only hope. While standing at the mesh fencing, I viewed the pond with my binoculars, scanning the banks; seeing cormorants, white pelicans, ducks, shovelers, dozens [maybe a hundred] of dowitchers and a few egrets and herons.



Then, back in the car to Paradise Pond. At this refuge, only two grebes on the pond, and several myrtle warblers were spotted. The highlight was the high numbers of turtles...everywhere I looked...


...the one on the right was resurfacing




After a short stay, I took myself out for lunch and then stopped at the jetty and Magee Beach; watching the pilot boats guide the cargo/tanker ships in and out along the channel...the few dolphins, and a favorite pastime, people watching. Concluding my morning outing, I headed home, seeing a few hawks and falcons along the way, driving   off the islands. This'll be another post in time.



36 comments :

  1. That's a whole lot of turtles. They sure seen very sociable. You sure do get around. You have tons of energy!!

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    1. I don't know about energy. Sometimes I have to force myself. Lol

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  2. your turtles outshine the birds today, love that long neck closeup and they are really beautiful photos. i bet they did see you in the closed part and a lot of others also. number 13 is amazing, all those birds in one spot and you captured it. the first photos are lovely and look like they were taken here at Robinson's preserve... wish you were here to walk with me in our preserves.

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    1. #13 photo is just a partial amount seen. There were more on both sides of this group.

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  3. Just wondering if the wildlife has returned to "normal" since the hurricane?

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    1. No, at least not in our area. It's been so different since HARVEY. More of some, little to none of some.

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  4. I love turtles. I'm not sure why, but I do. Here in NH you must be careful, as so many are snapping turtles. They look a bit prehistoric. I have stopped several times tossed a blanket over a young snapper and moved it out of the road. I learned early on that they will take a finger if given the chance!

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  5. It's sad to see the damage...it takes SO long to rebuild and it's never the same. Love your photos. We saw a lot of turtles on our hike yesterday and the water is high in the swamps and rivers here for some reason! Enjoy your day!

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    1. ...heavy rains up north of you maybe?

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  6. Glad to see them rebuilding. I love your adventures.

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    1. Me too! Is your brother still living in Corpus?

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  7. OH! How I LOVE seeing the turtles! When we were in SC it was a favorite pastime just watching them. So glad the boardwalk is being rebuilt. It must be a large project.

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    1. There are several b-walks in port aransas...MILES of them.

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  8. Those are some fine looking turtles. Nice to see that they are working on rebuilding.

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    1. I wish it was done with & birds return soon.

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  9. Oh Anni, how beautiful...but sad at the same time, seeing & knowing the destruction of the hurricane. I'm glad they're rebuilding and I pray for a mild hurricane season for many years to come. <3 Love, Andrea xoxo

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  10. The birds may have been sparse, but the rest of the scenery is amazing.It just looks like a fun place to walk.

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    1. There are good scenes, I like the peace & quiet.

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  11. Glad they're rebuilding! I love the turtles.

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  12. Great pictures of waving grass, turtles, and so much more. Boots? I hope it wasn't because that was all that was left of a person. And great news that they are rebuilding. It looks wonderful. :-)

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    1. Boots...that's what they named the male alligator...alligator boots (the female is BAGS)

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  13. I would love to have a place like that to go walk...and watch for birds. And turtles...I love seeing them, too.

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  14. I wish I could go along with you on one of your walks.....but visiting you here on your blog is the next best thing!

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  15. Everything is so full of life, I love it. Excellent turtle neck, lol and what a fluffy hawk!

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  16. Great turtle photos.

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  17. Turtles are the best! How convenient for them that they’re only a roof top away from their house no matter where they roam.

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