Monday, December 17, 2007
The nearly all black opossum that began visiting last week. He/she shows up minutes after sunset.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Hey! I was here first!
The flock converges on the pool. Note the two on the bird bath and the one on top of the chair! The unmistakable yellow breast and black mask of a Greater Kiskadee can be seen on the fence in the left of the photo.
After emptying the feeder, part of the flock moves closer to the house, patiently waiting for a re-fill.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Red phase African bush viper (Atheris squamigera) born on Darlene's birthday
Multi-colored green African bush viper born on Darlene's birthday
Gold phase born on Darlene's birthday
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
"Real Men Don't Take Naps!"
Monday, October 29, 2007
Countless monarchs cluster on the outermost leaves of the Tepeguaje trees at the Nature Center. Many are battered, nearly all exhausted, after traveling up to 50 miles a day during the fall migration.
As I approach for a closer shot, orange clouds take flight only to land in the exact spot seconds later.
The last rays of the evening light up the wings of already sleeping, weary travelers.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Out on the square, I was lucky enough to get this shot of a Brown Pelican as it soared overhead.
On the drive home, we stopped at the City Docks and found this fisherman cleaning his catch of the day.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
This Banded starfish was in one of the touch tanks that allows children (and adults!) to have a "hands-on" experience with local marine life.
A Lined starfish in one of the touch tanks.
A Shrimp eel poses perfectly!
One tank was dedicated to nothing but Sea anemones.
A very personable Gulf toadfish.
This Spotted scorpionfish was in the same tank.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Low clouds on the horizon around 10 am depicting the location of the front. The building on the left is our inflation building where we inflate weather balloons.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
The South Padre Island Convention Center sits next to the Sanctuary.
You are greeted by an incredible Killer Whale mural painted by the acclaimed environmental artist "Wyland".
The World Birding Center's Visitor's Center is already being designed.
A view of the Laguna Madre from the Convention Center.
A viewing area at the end of one of the Sanctuary's boardwalks is visible in the salt marsh.
The Sanctuary's Butteryfly Garden attracts many species of butterflies.
Here, 2 Gulf Fritillary's take nectar from the same clump of Blue Mist.
Close-up of a Gulf Fritillary Butterfly.
Another visitor, a Painted Lady.
The Monarch migration has recently begun.
A juvenile Great Blue Heron tries to become invisible in the cattails.
A close-up before flight.
A common moorhen posed under the bird blind until...
"Aloishea" comes to greet us.
Detail of Aloishea's head. Her right eye is partially covered by a cataract.