Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Anahauc National Wildlife Refuge

I normally don't spend 4 days in one spot because i try to cover as much as I can in the time I have, but Sea Rim was just too hard to leave and the weekend hit, and south the way I'm headed it was gonna be impossible to get a camp site. So I stayed put on the beach.  I took a day trip to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.  It was about an hours ride as the road that used to follow the coast was washed away by Hurricane Ike and they never replaced it... so had to drive all the back to Port Arthur, and then West to Winnie, then south to Anahuac, and then back again, if that road was there it would be a 25 min trip. 


  It's a great spot for birds, and for just being out in nature.  I met some nice ladies from Canada, and we kept bumping into each other.  We all  loved Anahuac. 



What's not to love about such an awesome place?  This pond has a road all the way around it, so we all lined up and away we went.  First I saw right away one of my target birds, the Fulvous Whistling Duck, not just one but several.  


Have you ever seen a more striking duck?? He reminds me of moose tracks ice cream...yum. 

Another target bird on my list was the neotropic cormorant.  Now in my old Nat Geo Bird book they call this a Olivaceous Cormorant, but they changed the name.  He has this little white patch at the top of the beak to help with the ID on this bird. 



there is more than just birds here too...there's American Alligator.


and all sorts of wildflowers...I do not know this flower's name I need a new wild flower book, one that covers more than just SC.  




one of the dirt roads in the refuge borders ranching land so these cows were coming down to the watering hole to get a drink and cool off, how sweet they all were, I just love cows!  They are so docile, and inquisitive, and friendly.  



some cattle egrets were with them it was almost 2 birds per cow it seemed...

cattle egrets

I saw tons of common gallinules, and only one Purple Gallinule there...the strong midday sun bleached out his pretty blue head shield, but those florescent feathers sure were shining...

 

...these are def Texas sized Lily Pads.  Later I drove over to the Skillern unit of the refuge...


the heat of the day had driven most birds for deep cover, couldn't get a good look at anything, so I noticed some cool flowers..the passion flower is one and the other I think is a sun dew. 






this huge flock of Long Billed Dowitchers were by the main entrance to the refuge, it is surrounded by ranch and farm land, and that attracts the scissor-tailed flycatcher, normally you see one up high on a power line, or fence sitting this one was so obliging...he allowed me to actually roll down the window and snap a good shot of him.

 

they are stream lined for flying

I saw so much there I can only hit the highlights...on my way back to Sea Rim I found this guy he was up on wire...and he must have been tired to never offered to move.  


the white tailed kite, formerly known as the black shouldered kite, and I prefer the old name on this bird....check those awesome eyes!!

Back at the Sea Rim I got my spot on the beach for another night...and watching the antics of the great tailed grackles was my sunset entertainment, here two are trying to show off who is more handsome...


...and here they decide to position themselves just so....and dang if a common gallinule or moorhen as I call them photo bombed them and stuck her butt in the photo! 

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we all got ready to watch the sun go down....



I spent one more day exploring this area before heading south...that will be next
 Sabine Woods Bird Sanctuary and then goodbye to Sea Rim, SP.





PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

13 comments:

  1. Beautiful birds Sondra, my favourite was the Purple Gallinule. I Googled it as its a little bit similar to our Moorhen but the colours on it are fantastic and far more dramatic than our moorhen. A good shot of the great tailed grackles. Your campsite is very secluded there on the beach....a bit too far from the facilities for me. I'll google Sabine Woods Bird Sanctuary to see whats in store. Safe travels.

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    1. http://www.xeno-canto.org/

      Have you come across this bird sounds website?

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    2. I will have to check that site, I used to be pretty good at birding by ear but I've forgotten most of the calls I learned!! It was a good walk to the facilities but the facility was only a pit toilet, so it was lacking...but I have to saw it was one of the cleaner ones!

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  2. Oh, I'm so glad your trip came to fruition. Again, I've been remiss at visiting blogs and following your adventures. I am so envious! Your in one of my favorite areas and I miss it terribly! Stay safe and have fun! XO

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    1. Hi Karen, glad you're safe back in Cape Brenton, I know its still cold up there,,,but it's broiling hot down here in Brownsville!

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  3. What an amazing place.
    I think I could have stayed at least a week. :-)

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    1. Well they allow a 2 weeks stay at all parks!! And it was only $13 a day...I felt a twinge of regret when I left...

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  4. Well you did not disappoint me. The beautiful whistling ducks are amazing, scissor tailed flycatcher is a beauty too. Birds I've never heard if Purple Gallinule and his huge feet, the gorgeous Cattle Egrets, beautiful flowers the scenery its all to wonderful. I am so happy you were able to make this trip.

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    1. Thank you Jo I am enjoying my adventure although my van is making a weird sound...yikes hope its not about to ask for more repairs..I took it in for this same sound and they said it was wheel bearing and they repaired that...hmmmm. The light was so harsh on his head the little shield is in reality a pretty shade of light blue.

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  5. Catching up on your Texas posts- looks like you saw some awesome things! I took pics of that flower you called a sundew when I was in Texas too, I love it. Glad Texas treated you well!!!

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    1. Hi Jen, Thanks for the comment! I am still in Texas, I left home about 9 days ago. SO far it's been awesome!! The birds are literally falling out of the trees for me..lol. Tomorrow I am heading to South San Padre. I am Moteling due to the heat and lack of camping options in this area.

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  6. Great place -- no wonder you stayed longer ... way too much beauty and birds to hurry through. The Kite picture is just awesome -- I've never seen one land, I swear!

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    1. I would def recommend this spot there's 15 sites with elec & water, no sewer, and I didnt see any Behemoths but some large C's were there and some big rigs came down on the beach with us peons. AND it is a very birdy area!!

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