Gulf of Mexico Sunrise
You can just see the orange under-wing of this beautiful bird.
One of the most common shore birds in the Bolivar Penisular, the Willet will also let you photograph them just standing on a post. His nest was nearby.
Bolivar Beach Sunrise
You can clearly see the white face of this Ibis.
Cattle Egret Breeding Plumage
Each April about the third week, the resident cattle egrets breed in Anahuac NWR. The rust colored crown and breast feathers and purple and red lores make it one of the prettiest egrets.
Small Alligator Mouth Gaping
To keep cool, alligators open their mouths in a process that is called "mouth gaping," which is a lot like panting.
These Purple galinules breed in Anahuac NWR and we will see chicks next month.
This guy was perched along the road catching flying insects.
Where's The Alligator?
We stopped at one of the pull-offs along Shoveler Pond Loop looking for rails. I saw this small alligator swimming through the green algae.
What a surprise when we found this Rose-breasted grosbeak perched in the reeds on the Auto Loop around Shoveler Pond.
Pair of Blue-winged Teal
Gulf of Mexico Sunrise Along Bolivar Peninsular
We were late for the actual sunrise but saw the cloud formation at the beach and pulled over to take a few photos of God's beauty. The ship on the horizon is an unexpected bonus. I didn't see it when I was taking the photograph.