February 5, 2014 Last Day in Iowa, Louisiana

Green winged teal pair
Green winged teal pair

Cameron NWR and Lacassine NWR

With a little sun peeking through, though still very chilly, I decided to do one last trip this morning to Cameron NWR and then on to Lacassine NWR.

Gadwall takeoff
Gadwall takeoff

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Northern shoveler take off
Northern shoveler take off

 

Northern shoveler take off
Northern shoveler take off

I did have some nice early AM light at Cameron and got a couple of duck shots before it turned too harsh, but the stiff wind is keeping most of the birds up against the reed beds and out of my reach. Same situation at Lacassine and, if anything, the wind is getting stronger.

Satellite Woes Continue

Back home and up on the roof I go to replace the temporary coax fix from the turret to the LNB head with the new coax from Winegard. Did not solve the problem, so once again called Winegard for the next possible solution. They have decided now to send me a new turret that I am expected to install, we shall see how that goes.

 

January 13, 2014 Goose Island, Texas

A Quick Trip Back to Port Aransas

Green winged teal
Green winged teal

Nothing doing in the pastures so once again I headed down along the coast to Fulton Harbor.

White pelicans preening
White pelicans preening

Found the same white pelicans doing their preening thing on the rocks north of the harbor.

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Roseate spoonbill in flight
Roseate spoonbill in flight

Since it was a beautiful day , I decided to go back down to Port Aransas to check and see if there might be any ducks at the water treatment plant. Turns out there were, along with some spoonbills flying by. Though the ducks were not as numerous as in past years there were a whole lot more out on the water than there were here three weeks ago. Maybe by March the place will fill up again.

 

December 23, 2013 Port Aransas, Texas

A variety of ducks hiding in the reeds
A variety of ducks hiding in the reeds

Played around with the frig a little more this morning and got it to manually light on gas when using a match to light and bypassing the electronic ignition. When I take out the sparking device, I can hear it “clicking” so some juice is getting to it but apparently not enough to ignite. Of course, once the thermostat shuts the gas down, it won’t come back on later unless I light with a match again, and that is not something that happens on a first try. Guess I have no choice but to move up to Rockport and get this fixed before boondocking again.

Wind was rocking the RV last night and it got down into the 30’s. The car is completely coated with a fine film of sand, sure that will do wonders for the paint job.

Black bellied whistling ducks
Black bellied whistling ducks
Northern shovelers
Northern shovelers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green winged teal
Green winged teal

Drove back out to the water treatment plant and walked out the boardwalk to where a lone photographer was set up. Turns out he is a native and says that if the ducks aren’t here in November, they aren’t here at all for the rest of the winter, and they weren’t there this morning, for sure. Also checked out Charlie’s Pasture and the little in town sanctuary, both held nothing, so much as I hate to leave the beach because of the frig, at least I am not missing anything as far as my bird photography goes. All four of these images come from last year’s visit to the water treatment plant where I spent many a day doing flight shots and closeups of a wide variety of waterfowl. These shots were all taken with my Nikon D300 and as I found out at High Island last year, my new D800 does a much, much better job on this type of image, but now I guess I will just have to wait until next year ( gee, I sound like a Red Sox fan, the old Red Sox, that is ).