Day Nine – Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.  YEA!!  Today, I got to see whuppin’ cranes (Whooping Cranes), which are super rare.  You can really only see them in only a few places in the country, and even then, only at a certain time of the year.  I am so happy to have seen them!  There were 11 of them, in 3 different places in the reserve.  I also got to see Snow Geese, Roseate Spoonbills, Black Vultures (lots of these), and Common Moorhens.  These are all new to my lifelist.  I also saw MANY birds that I have already seen, and several I am fairly sure I haven’t seen, but need to identify for sure.  I feel like today was a BONANZA of birding!  Here are some photos:

Here are some Ruddy Turnstones, a Willet (biting at something in the surf), and a Common Moorhen


And these, my friends, are a Black Vulture, and some Whooping Cranes.

Rich and I went on a month-long road trip in 1999.  I am sure I have mentioned it before.  We were in Texas during that time, and I glimpsed my first armadillo.  Ever since, I have been on a mission to take a decent photo of said armadillo.  Armadillos are really interesting animals.  They look like little greyish pink articulated footballs.  I got a BUNCH of photos of one this time, but Rich was on the right side of the car, and took better photos of one than I.  Here are a couple of Rich’s photos.

Today was really great, and I am very grateful to Rich for being patient with my silly animal interests (even though he is sitting here right now watching Monster Bug Wars, and acting very interested…).

Tomorrow, I think we’re starting our trip home.   It will be nice to sleep in my own bed, but really…that may be the only thing I am looking forward to.  I really am a proponent of  ‘endless summer’.  That’s my secret dream…chasing summer all over the western hemisphere.  Well, I guess it’s not a secret any more.

Thanks for visiting and commenting!

8 Responses to Day Nine – Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

  • Great bird and armadillo photos! My armadillos always seem to have their snouts in the grass so they’re only partially visible. You’ll have quite an album of photos and memories of this super trip. Can’t wait to hear more about it when you get home.

  • Hi, Sonja (AKA ‘mom’)! Mine were all just facing the wrong direction. I am glad Rich got a few good photos! Thanks, and of COURSE you’ll hear all about it when I get home!

  • Wow. Those birds are really pretty.I wish I Could see them.

  • Gimme a whoop whoop! You know I had to. 🙂 I’m really glad you got to see your cranes, and get pics 🙂 glad you are having such a great time!!

  • Annecy – I’m so glad you commented, and that you’ve been following our trip! The birds were REALLY pretty, and I am glad I could take their photos, so I could share them!

    Barge – Thanks! I’m happy about it all, too.

  • I love armadillos. your next photo mission is to get a possum. Happy hunting.

  • How lucky to see Whooping Cranes. Especially to get a picture of one. What a great birding trip.

  • Janet – Thanks! EWW. Opossums are gross. They were all over Pasadena.

    Aunt Marcy – I am so happy that I did get to see them! Seeing endangered or very rare things is pretty exciting!

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