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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

February is a great month for nature photos in South Texas

Two of my favorite activities are heading out with my camera and coming home to write about my experiences. Life doesn't get much better than finding a good photo op.

Birds are coming into their breeding season. Many change colors and I'm still trying to find some great shots.

The brown pelican's pouch turns reddish and I haven't captured that yet. I did find some pelicans drying themselves after it rained all morning. The pelicans hang out around the bay so it's a great place to go for photos.

At the Hugh Ramsey Nature Park in Harlingen, we watched a pair of cardinals take turns eating. I managed to get a better shot of the female although she's not as colorful. We sat in the blind and watched them until a group of people came by and the birds scattered.

The yuccas are in bloom. The blossoms are large, white and quite beautiful when they bloom above the plant's spiky green leaves. I thought they were starting to turn dark and die before I went scouting for pictures. Actually the tops turn to a reddish-purple color. My guess is that's going to seed but I haven't been able to verify that.

In any case, they are quite striking at this stage too.

When I came home, I saw a black-bellied whistling duck on my roof. I didn't even know what they were until this year when a whole group of them found a home in the resaca in our back yard. (For those who don't know, a resaca is a body of water.)

I never thought of a duck on a roof before - but these fellas manage it with no problem.

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