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Texas Coastal Birds

This place has gone to the birds! Not that there aren’t birds here all the time, but with spring in the air they seem to be everywhere. I love listening to the sounds of them. Sometimes a dove sits on top of my fantastic fan and coos. When he sit there it sounds like he is right inside with the cat and I.

I hope you enjoy a few more photos of a few of the different birds visiting or living in the ponds here.

First up are the Cormorants. I haven’t captured a great shot of one of these guys yet, but they are certainly enjoyable to watch. As they glide smoothly through the water, pausing to dive and then resurfacing far from where they disappeared, I try to catch a quick shot. Mostly I spend time guessing where they might resurface, and failing time and again. I’ll post again if I ever catch a better shot. I think these particular ones are called Neotropic Cormorants as they have an angled white fringe behind their orange throats.
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Cormorants like to sit out at the water’s edge holding their wings out to dry. It makes my arms tired just watching them sit there so long in that position.
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Next up are the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. These guys are beautiful with their bright orange beaks. Instead of the common quacking sound a duck usually makes, these ducks whistle. Who knew there are ducks that can whistle? See the cormorants swimming in the background of the first photo?
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In this second photo you can see the guy to the right whistling, 
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And here the ducks are in flight…
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Spring brings the oleander blossoms…(yes..I do know these aren’t birds. haha!)
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Then are the Red-winged Blackbirds…They are everywhere, and they are noisy!
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Possible snowy egrets, but I didn’t catch a good enough shot to be certain. I’m still learning about how to identify these guys; so if you have better information, please share.
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