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March 25, 2011

Spring Break 2011

I hope no one assumed I was only taking pictures of girls (see Spring Break Dancers) while out on break. In fact, I was all kinds of productive in building my portfolio. These few images are a sample of the types of things I was seeing while down in South Padre and Brownsville. I have high rez images of all of these; if you are interested, contact me and I'll send you the high rez version.

Spring Break 2011

It's Spring Break! For those that have never been to South Padre, it is an island, but you can drive to it along this massive bridge; no ferry or even toll needed.

Ladies Man

I was invited down to South Padre to stay a friend that had a sweet hotel room and needed a wing man. He's a real ladies man...

Red Flag Days

I wanted to surf and bird while I was down there, but the water was cold and I didn't bring my wetsuit.

Locals Only!

The locals were out and with the red flag conditions, there were some nice waves.

Black Necked Stilts

I saw many of these little guys (see Padre Birds on my home page archive for another example), but they were only the beginning.


Skimmers are one of my favorites. I love watching them.

Roseate Spoonbill

Adult breeding roseate spoonbills were out.

Great Blue Heron

I love the Great Blue and coastal terrain.

Some Shorebird (Lesser Yellowlegs?)

There were so many, I can't identify them all by any stretch; I think this little guy is a Lesser Yellowlegs.

Common Grackle

You know I'm partial to black birds. Most of these photos were taken at the South Padre Island Birding Center. The people there were very helpful and except for one crazy old proselytizing man pestering me, the park was great.

Pied-billed Grebe

These aren't rare, but they are cute.


If you do decide to go birding down South, be careful. See how still the water is? These things scare me to death (see Instinctual Fear in my home pages) and you can be right on top of them without ever knowing they were there. This one is about 6 feet long, a juvenile, which is probably why I could spot it. The adults are better at hiding.


This sunning Anhinga, was taken on campus at UT-Brownsbille from a bridge overlooking a resaca.

Long-billed Thrasher

I didn't just stick to the beaches. I also went to the Sabal Palm Forest, the only old growth palm forest left in the United States, where you can see all kinds of Southern birds that don't make it any farther North, such as the Long-billed Thrasher. This shot is kind of showing off, hey look what I saw that you didn't and look how my camera can focus on stuff in the background and brush.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Another Southern-bird, the Golden Fronted Woodpecker was a miracle photo for me considering my short stay.

Green Jay

I'm partial to blackbirds, this is true, but I'm even more partial to the colorful relatives of Crows. These Green Jays are down there in flocks. I'd never seen one before, so to see a flock fly in was cool.

Plains are burning

While I was down South birding and dancing, the Llano Estacado was burning. Check out the size of these flames in relation to that fire truck. I was a little worried taking these photos since I was kind of downwind and in the path of the flames. Dixie wanted no part of this photo op so we packed up quick and went home.