More from Houston trip


My last post described the great wildlife in and around Shannon’s back yard near Houston, Texas.  Here are a few more photos I took during that great week, including this sequence of a Great Egret making a landing in their creek.

Great Egret making a landing.

Great Egret making a landing.

Great Egret landing.

Great Egret landing.

Great Egret fishing in the creek.

Great Egret splashing down.

In the nearby trees a spider was working in the early morning light.

Early morning spider web.

Early morning spider web.

White Ibises were all around us it seemed.  Beautiful, long-billed wading birds found around the gulf coast.  Their favorite food are the river snails found in the creek.

White Ibis

White Ibis

White Ibises

White Ibises

Back in the yard, Shannon’s children are finding some large grubs in her compost bed.  I think they named this one Moe.

Texas-sized grub.

Texas-sized grub.

Shannon and grub.

Shannon and grub.

Shannon goofing off with grub again.

Shannon goofing off with grub.

The woodland birds were waking up and we spotted this nearby Ladder-backed Woodpecker.

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

A Snowy Egret made a late appearance.

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

So our four fun days ended there and we returned home to San Angelo with great memories.  Can’t wait to go back.  Click on any image to see an enlargement.

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19 thoughts on “More from Houston trip

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  2. Wonderful shots, Bob! The egret is stunning, I’m guessing the white plumage might have been a challenge. Love the spider’s web, too! Spiders’ webs are amazing, although I don’t like spiders over-much!!

    • Thanks very much, Jo. Yes, I love photographing the Egrets, but as you say, it is a challenge to get the exposures. I nearly always have to correct it in post-processing. I loved that spider web and I don’t usually pay any attention to them. This one was just in front of me, dazzling in the morning sun and I couldn’t resist giving it a try.

  3. Texas has nicer spider webs than Virginia. Our spiders don’t seem to have the attention to detail, that yours do.

    We need new spiders.

  4. And the dirt part of DirtNKids makes a cameo appearance! I see you chose the shots of me and my boyfriend, Moe. Nice choices indeed, since it was before he pooped on my face.

    Scottie just ran in to tell me that a small flock of wood ducks just flew by. A birder in the making

    Where’s Mr. Phoebe? Or the sandpiper? Or the wren? Hoping perhaps a third post to scratch my birding itch. And too bad you weren’t able to get shots of the pileated woodpecker or the ibis roosting tree. Guess you’re just gonna have to come back again.

    • I am glad you enjoyed it, Shannon, and thanks for being a guest star on my blog. Since the cast of characters were all on your place, giving you a plug was the least I could do. 🙂

      I gotta get back there. I need some great shots of some of those gorgeous Wood Ducks. Maybe you could put a leash on that Pileated Woodpecker and keep him for me.

      Those birds you mentioned will be in a third post after I check them out.

      You know that we will be back. 🙂

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