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. 🙂
Dinner was soooo good. Fried shrimp cooked perfectly.
After dinner mom and I took some photos in the soft evening light.
The moon was full and bright!
While talking to Tim on the phone that evening, a was entertained by a hunting 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.
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.
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.
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.
There was a Great Egret feeding in the open area of the marsh.
A few other birds made an appearance at the boardwalk.
In the shallows at the parking lot, there were a few shorebirds feeding in the morning light.
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.
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.
I hope you enjoyed my visit to the Gulf Coast. If you have never been there, I highly recommend it!