The numbers and tameness of White Ibis in Brazos Bend SP is remarkable. I saw several hundred coming to roost around 40 Acre Lake on the eve of 11/23. I returned at predawn and photographed the first bird pictured here with little sunlight (and just my point-and-shoot camera). Three ibis had flown up and landed in a bare tree nearly over my head. I later walked up to another two along a levee adjacent to Elm Lake.
Elizabeth and I visited the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center -- really neat site with lots of birds. Rain was forecasted and by the end of the morning, it was pouring pretty hard. :-/
Elizabeth and I went to Goose Island State Park, in particular to find the turtles documented by some folks earlier in the month: http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/inat-observation-of-the-day/journal/4990
Alas, we didn't see the turtles, but that's ok -- we spotted LOTS of other really exciting things. :)
The American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) is a species of bird in the ibis family Threskiornithidae. It is found from the mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast of the United States south through most of the New World tropics. This particular ibis is a medium-sized bird with an overall white plumage, bright red-orange down-curved bill and long legs, and black wing tips that are usually only visible in flight. Males are larger and have longer bills than females....