The Regal Snowy Egret of Texas

Who would have thought I’d have ever gotten into birding?! Slap a camera in my hands though and it’s on like Donkey Kong! Getting into photography has really opened my eyes to things I feel I took for granted before.  Happy I’m learning more and opening my eyes to new experiences more often nowadays 🙂 …can we all sing kumbayah now:) 

 

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Such a beautiful bird!

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Tricolored Heron Trivia

This gorgeous bird was called a Louisiana Heron for over 175 years, but the American Ornithological Union changed its name to Tricolored Heron over 40+ years ago – why? Who knows!!  

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It’s the only Heron that has the white belly and dark rest of its body.
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Trivia:  What do you call a group of Tricolored Herons? Well, they can be called several things such as a pose, hedge, rookery, scattering of herons or a battery – I just want to know who comes up with these names?!

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My Love Of The Roseate Spoonbill

Ever since I saw my first Roseate Spoonbill at Galveston State Park in Galveston, Texas I’ve been really fascinated with these comical beauties!!  These funny little birds used to be hunted for their plumes for ladies hats and things like that, even their meat sometimes from around 1850-90’s.  Then various groups like the Audubon Society got involved in their protection and in the 1940’s they finally were given protection – so happy people stepped up so I could see this creature today!   U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects them now.

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They are wading birds whose colors get more intense with age…I kind of like that they getting prettier the older they get 🙂 . Why isn’t this the case with us people 🙂 !
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Their wingspan can reach up to four feet, they get their coloring of pink and red due to the crustaceans they eat which have eaten algae. A group of Roseate Spoonbills is called a bowl-I wonder who thought up that one!
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Flying in long, diagonal lines-fully extending their bodies-it’s quite the magical site to see!  They are they only type of Spoonbill found in the Americas.

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Morgan’s Point – A Tiny Texas City Of Approximately 350 Residents and Roseate Spoonbills

“In 1835 Colonel James Morgan was appointed agent for a company called the New Washington Association. He immediately purchased for the company an enormous quantity of land in Harrisburg, Liberty & the point at the mouth of the San Jacinto River & Galveston Bay. Here he laid out the town of New Washington (later to become Morgan’s Point). The company brought a number of Scottish highlanders & free blacks from New York, including Emily D. West (the legendary Yellow Rose of Texas) to the colony.” (Source:  City of Morgan’s Point)

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So, I’m looking for the “Yellow Rose of Texas Bird Sanctuary” due to the above sign.  When I stop a gentlemen to ask, he grabs the charming Sergeant Bryan Richardson who informed me all of Morgan’s Point is a bird sanctuary.  We chatted some more and Sergeant Richardson and his friend were kind enough to give me a little history of Morgan’s Point and directions to a few cool sites to see.  Now that’s some appreciated hospitality 🙂
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Cute, little park is right next to City Hall, oh and the Mayor does the city’s Museum Tours, but they are closed on the weekend.
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John A. Grimes Memorial Park
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Chilling out for a bit – taking a break from building their nest.

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