Birding in Port Aransas, Texas (Part 2)

I ended my last post heading out to dinner.  We decided to eat dinner at Virginia’s again.  Their food is delicious and the scenery is great.  We ate a little earlier the second night so we had plenty of daylight to enjoy the sights.

We had a perfect view of the lighthouse in the distance.


While enjoying the views of the marina, an osprey flew by looking for a landing spot.  He thought he could land on a large stick stuck in the jetty.  But after a couple of attempts, he realized it was too small for him.



I had a grackle trying to beg for food while we ate.  I didn’t give him anything, so he gave me the evil eye.  🙂


Great-tailed grackle

Dinner was soooo good.  Fried shrimp cooked perfectly.


My dad enjoying dinner!

After dinner mom and I took some photos in the soft evening light.


Gorgeous sunset at the marina


Mom looking beautiful as always


I got a lot of sun on this trip!

The moon was full and bright!


Harvest Moon

While talking to Tim on the phone that evening, a was entertained by a hunting toad.


Gulf Coast Toad

I got up early again the next morning to visit the refuge one last time.  I was going to miss this place!



I was the first one there that morning.  Which I think was to my benefit as the wildlife hadn’t been disturbed in any way.  I walked very slowly and quietly.  Determined to blend in LOL!

I was greeted by lots lots of lizards.


Brown Anole

The first bird I saw was a juvenile Green Heron snoozing right next to the boardwalk.  He cracked an eye open at me, but otherwise didn’t move a muscle.


Juvenile Green Heron


Back to sleep 🙂

Further down the boardwalk, I was thrilled to see another lifer for me – a Least Bittern.  He didn’t seem to mind that I was there.  He groomed, stretched his wings, grabbed a snack and then moved on.  I wish the lighting had been better for photographs as I couldn’t have asked for a better subject not 5 feet from me.


Least Bittern


Looking up at me


Stretching his wings


Time to move on into the cattails

At the end of the boardwalk I saw several Marsh Wrens and Common Yellowthroat feeding.  They didn’t want to cooperate for photos.  I managed to get one semi-decent photo of the Common Yellowthroat.


Common Yellowthroat

There was a Great Egret feeding in the open area of the marsh.


Great Egret

A few other birds made an appearance at the boardwalk.


Green Heron


Tri-Colored Heron


Great-Tailed Grackle


Pied-Billed Grebe

In the shallows at the parking lot, there were a few shorebirds feeding in the morning light.


Lesser Yellowlegs


Stilt Sandpiper – another lifer!


Long-Billed Curlew

I hated to leave, but it was time to go get my parents and head to the beach.  It was another beautiful day at the beach.  We had a wonderful time.


Beautiful day at the beach!

I fed the birds at the beach.  It wouldn’t be a proper trip without doing so!  It was harder than I realized it would be getting a picture of a seagull in flight waiting for me to toss more food.


Laughing Gull – another lifer!


Great-Tailed Grackle


Laughing Gull


Lots of colorful clams


Horseshoe crab – not much has changed in the last 450 million years!

I hope you enjoyed my visit to the Gulf Coast.  If you have never been there, I highly recommend it!


10 thoughts on “Birding in Port Aransas, Texas (Part 2)

  1. Beautiful captures of Gulf Coast birds! We are on the east side of the Gulf and the bird life is very similar. Great shots of the Least Bittern!

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