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A Country Drive...Birding

The heat index has started to climb again to the triple digits. So, when I do go out, it's only for a short time. I took a country drive to the edges of Flour Bluff [Texas] to see what birds I could find from the comfort of the air conditioned car. Coming upon the ranch's lake I spied several Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Mottled Ducks, Egrets, Tri-colored Herons, and many shorebirds such as Sandpipers. With lots of fencing around.  Obviously this area has been getting more rainfall that we in Corpus are getting.  Very green everywhere....






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  1. Hello Anni, I love all the wood storks photos. Awesome collection of fence shots. Hopefully the hot weather is one it's way out of here. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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    1. I've really learned to dread Texas Summers!!! We need a huge, massive, cold front to move in and stay for months. LOL

      Thanks Eileen.

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  2. oh, you've got a bevy of beautiful fence shots today. and lots of wonderful posers to show them off.

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    1. I jumped at the opportunity to 'over kill' on the fencing this time 'round. LOL

      Thanks for hosting.

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  3. wow on the flock of storks. I have only seen them twice and both times it was only 2 of them... I love them almost as much as pelicans because they are so ugly they are beautiful.... that gate is really nice .. you sure found the nmother load of fence post. I had no fence today. boo hoo

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    1. Well, there's always next week for fences....
      Thanks Sandra.

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  4. great photos, looks like they are all enjoying the heat! keep cool!

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    1. Well, they have a cool lake to be near. Not so for me. LOL
      Thanks Tanya.

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  5. Beautiful photos! And I'd be taking them from the air-conditioned car, too! Glad autumn is on its way.

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    1. I don't know what people did without air conditioning, do you?
      Thanks Jean.

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  6. Pretty birds, and it is really green! Thanks for the tour. :-)

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    1. Thanks DJ...it's always nice having your company.

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  7. Hello Anni!:) A great post replete with fences, and that large flock of Wood Storks is impressive. I hope you get cooler weather soon.

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    1. I'm praying for cooler weather sooner than later!!! Thanks!!

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  8. Beautiful fence photos and birds for us to enjoy!

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  9. Successful early morning drive. Beautiful place.

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  10. I always so enjoy your birding photos...
    it's been cooler here..high 80's, with autumn knocking hard at our doors....

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    1. Color me green with envy for the 80 degree temps!!!

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  11. Nice shots. Great that you didn't have to be in the heat

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  12. Anni it has become obvious to me that you have the quickest snapping finger in the history of blogging. You capture each bird photo at the precise moment of beauty.
    Hugs madi and mom

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    1. You two are always so kind with your responses .... and PURRfect from you Madi [of course]

      Thanks M&M

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  13. Sorry that you are still having super hot weather. - Wow you saw a lot of wonderful birds. It does seem like a lush green area. What is the all black bird in the photo that is 2nd to the last? - Loved that last shot too with the wonderful green grass growing by the fence.

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    1. That's a tri colored heron Ida!
      Thanks.

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  14. Are those black headed ibis? They look like it. I have seen them in a zoo and walked among them. They certainly look like bandit birds with those black ski masks on! They are a bit reminiscent of storks...

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    1. Ginny...as I stated in my post, they're wood storks! I'm sure you've seen that species also.

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  15. LOVE your mowing comment, you gave me a good laugh! I have been sick, so this was just what I needed. Now I see Wood Storks in your list! When we saw the black headed ibis at the zoo, I thought they were storks, and was so excited. Then I found out they were ibis. I have trouble telling the difference. Do the storks nest on rooftops there like they do in Europe?

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    1. When you mentioned watering and fertilizer, I thought right away of the chore of keeping it mowed. rofl

      Hope you're feeling much better by now, tho!!

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  16. We've taken more drives this summer! It's a great way to get out and see something interesting without having to walk in the heat! I have some wood storks to share Saturday! Love your photos. Pick me up the next time you go for a drive! heehee! Hugs!

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    1. Cool!!! I look forward to your post with the storks you saw.
      Yep, the heat has just been relentless this summer. I'm so ready for....hopefully October. But for sure November? lol

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  17. No shortage of storks here or fences. I just saw that you won the giveaway at my friend Debbie's blog. Congratulations. She needs your address so in case you need the link to her blog, here it is http://debbiedixieblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-long-and-winding-road.html

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    1. Wow!!! That is way cool. Thanks for telling me Ann.

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  18. Wonderful photography and variety of fences ~ thanks for taking that drive ~

    Wishing you a Happy Weekend coming up ^_^

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    1. Thanks Carol...and happy weekend to you too.

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  19. I don't like heat,but I'm thinking I might almost forgot about the heat,if I saw these birds.Great shots.

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    1. Well this summer for us down here in the south coast, it seems like it's been at least 6 months long. Wait...it HAS been. lol

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  20. It certainly is green - a beautiful spot! You captured some pretty birds too.

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    1. Thanks Mari...yes, much more greenery seen there and just a few miles away, our little area of town is brown!!

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  21. Nice collection of fences. Great shots of the birds in flight.

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  22. Great photos from the comfort of your air-conditioned moveable blind. Such a deal.

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    1. Thanks Sallie....:::giggling about the reference to 'moveable blind':::

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  23. You found a plethora of birds without having to leave the air conditioning! Cannot believe you're still in triple digits. Here, we're getting frost. I like seeing the wood storks.

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    1. ...be still my heart....frost sounds heavenly 'bout now.

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  24. Beautiful photos! You are lucky to be able to see these gorgeous creatures in the wild. And they also let you come close, that is amazing. I am seldom lucky to take a decent photo of a bird, I guess I am not patient enough...

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    1. It definitely DOES take patience...but then again, this area of Texas is known for its great birding spots. That helps too.

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  25. Oh my word, your photographs easily come to life and seem so real! Great shots!
    Happy weekend,
    Nancy

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    1. Oh Nancy...I've been thinking about you; a lot!!! Hope you're doing well.

      Thanks for coming over to 'my house'.

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  26. Love those wood storks, Anni. It's been nasty as heck ("gnat weather") here in W.V.

    It's going to be gorgeous and low humidity Sunday...but I gotta be back in D.C. then.

    :P

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    1. I pray for low humidity....but that's a long time coming here. We're now in the midst of hurricane season.

      D. C. is pretty this time of year!!!

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  27. A lovely series of shots.

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  28. Lovely birds!
    The first photo (the gate) looks so cool and refreshing.
    Have a great week-end!

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    1. Looks can be deceiving then....it was hot and muggy in that very spot. The air wasn't moving and the temps had already soared to the mid 90s.

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