January 29, 2014 Bolivar Peninsula, Texas

Bolivar shrimp fleet
Bolivar shrimp fleet

With Lake Charles temps to be in the low 20’s tonight, I decided to stay here on the Bolivar Peninsula one last night. The campground, Cypress Bend Rv in Iowa, LA seems understanding, we shall see when we get there and find if I get charged for my weather push backs to my reservation.

So, with a little touch of cabin fever setting in, despite solid socked in skies and a cold north wind, I decided to venture out and headed towards Bolivar Flats to seek out some wading birds.

pair
Long billed dowitcher pair

 

Roseate spoonbill
Roseate spoonbill

One of the ugliest beautiful birds out there!

 

Willet with fish
I don’t think it can be done!

I watched this willet struggle with this find for 10 minutes without ever downing the fish, I don’t believe this is an ordinary part of their diet, but I suppose it couldn’t turn it’s back on such a promising meal.

 

Snowy egret catching minnow
That’s how it’s done
Black necked stilt
Black necked stilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was pleasantly surprised to actually find a fair number of birds out refueling in the brisk winter weather.

After my satellite dish mysteriously came back to life the other day, I have been enjoying TV again. Until tonight, that is. I had to drop the rear jacks to load the car on the tow dolly and doing so threw the dish out of alignment and when I turned it on to reset, I got my “ no lnb” message again and the dish stowed itself. Will have to figure this out when I get to the campground in Iowa, Louisiana.

January 6, 2014 Goose Island, Texas

Long billed dowitchers
Long billed dowitchers

Cold Weather and Small Wading Birds

The weather has changed, and not for the better! It still is grey and dreary and now we can add downright raw. The arctic cold front blew in last night sending temps down to freezing overnight, winds strong enough to make me retract the north facing slideout on the motorhome so the canvas roof rollout wouldn’t get ripped off.

Least sandpiper
Least sandpiper
Killdeer in a N.Dakota cornfield
Killdeer

 

 

 

 

 

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

I still went out and got some small wading birds shots right here in the campground, I didn’t want to get too far from the warmth of home today !

Killdeer on the run
Killdeer on the run

Today was only the second time in my two weeks here that I have seen any Roseate spoonbills around.

Roseate spoonbills feeding
Roseate spoonbills feeding
Roseate spoonbills feeding
Roseate spoonbills feeding
Roseate spoonbills feeding
Roseate spoonbills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two sandpipers are TINY little things, moving constantly ( probably trying to stay warm ) in their search for food.

Least sandpiper
Least sandpiper
Western sandpiper
Western sandpiper

 

 

 

 

 

I always wondered what these dowitchers were probing for in the sand, now I know!

Long billed dowitchers
Long billed dowitchers
Long billed dowitchers
Long billed dowitchers
Killdeer
Killdeer

 

 

 

 

 

Western sandpiper
Western sandpiper
Least sandpiper
Least sandpiper
Killdeer
Killdeer

 

 

 

 

 

Killdeer
Killdeer