Date: 2/2/18 1:51 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birding pictures from January Anahuac and the coast
Started at Anahuac a bit after sunrise on Tuesday and had an early bird
white-tailed hawk waiting for me.
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943078

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943079

Shoveler pond is beginning to have lots of ducks like gadwall

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943123

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943125

And you can get good pictures of all the ducks tipping up

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943127

Pintails are easy in that regard

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943132

The bump on the back of the head of the lesser scaup is a good mark unless
they smooth the head. This bird varied from a little greenish to purplish
sheen as it moved its head

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943128

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943129

The female did not show a bump

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943130

Lots more ring-necked ducks than scaup

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943133

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943134

Later a pair of crested caracara perched up

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943140

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943146

Down at bolivar flats the avocets were resting and feeding out in the bay

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943148

A least sandpiper can appear to have dark legs in bad light or when they
are dirty

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943168

But they are yellow with a little different angle

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943167

An American pipit was feeding near the car

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943164

And then headed for the car

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943163

Eventually it went under the car and fed there for a while

On Galveston the red-shouldered hawks were resting

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943171

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166943170

A week earlier, they had been trying to break off branches for the nest

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166910743

Further west on Galveston, American widgeon were stealing food from coots.
Any time the coots surfaced with food the baldpates headed to them

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166910741

Sandhill cranes were paired

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166910748

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166910757

Up on the dike, several little gulls were among the ring-billed and
laughing gulls but all were Bonaparte's

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166910753

A stop at Hermann Park had wood ducks

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166898947

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166898943

The view from the rear is distinctive

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166898944

The female has a little color sheen too

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166898946

Ring-necked ducks are the common bird there

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166898940

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166898941

Egyptian geese were eating grass

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166898937

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166898938

And the black-bellied whistling ducks were starting to act springlike with
lots of calling and chasing

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166898936

Very few land birds in the park.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
<Josephkennedy36...>


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