Photo Gallery - 2014 Field Trips

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July 6, 2014 - South Padre Island - the Rest of the Pics...

 

Sunrise at the north end of PR 100

 

Early morning dunes

 

    

Snowy Plovers being adorable...

 

Royal (orange bill) and Sandwich Terns

 

Green Heron

 

    

Pretty sure these are Needham's Skimmers (female left, young male right); corrections welcome!

 

   

Baby Common Gallinule

 

Black-bellied Whistling Duck

 

Great-tailed Grackle giving the Evil Eye...

 

   

A hapless Seaside Dragonlet became lunch for this fish...

 

The swirls made by the fish created an interesting pattern!

 

      

Swimming tire tread... (Alligator)

 

Common Gallinule

 

   

This Common Nighthawk came sailing in for a drink!

    

 

What's he got--an eel??

 

Great Southern White

 

Young (?) Mottled Duck

 

    

Weird duck at the Birding Center--like a Mottled with a black bill!  Domestic blood?  Teal genes??

 

   

"Real" Mottled Ducks

 

Eurasian Collared Doves have taken over the place!

 

   

Head shot of a very tame youngster on the railing!

 

Duck, duck, dove...

 

Great Blue Heron with one heckuva kink in his neck!

 

 

 

   

Jackrabbit

 

           

 

First year female Golden-cheeked Warbler at the south side of the Sheepshead Lot; key field marks that separate it from Black-throated Green include completely white underparts, lack of an auricular patch, strong eyeline and "hook", "arrows" in the upper wing bar, and light streaking in the undertail coverts.  Last but not least, the timing would indicate Golden-cheeked as they're dispersing now, whereas Black-throated Green don't start showing up in south Texas until August!

 

 

       

 

 

       

First year Goldencheeks also may not show any streaking on the back as an adult would.

 

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