Texas Spring Break: End of Days


End of Days.
Maybe that is Dramatic.
But it was definitely my last few days worth of Photos.
I can’t believe it has been three weeks since I was last in Texas
almost all of my itches are going away.
As are my clear recollections of any events that may or may not have happened
All we have now are memories cobbled together with photos
But that is more than I really have of most things anyway
So at least we have the photos.

Pretty sure this is a sunrise
Or a sunset
Those are probably also some good birds
And definitely some palms
All that can be confirmed here is bird silhouette and palms.
This tree is a mighty fellow
It is probably still where we left it
I have GPS coordinates if anyone wants to see it in real life

Some kind of non-memorable butterfly name
Swallow-tail something something?
Memories are fuzzy
Lots of good lizards,
Convinced most of them were the same
Anole, Green Anole, Something Gecko,
I am pretty sure they changed colors based on your mood
It aint easy bein’ green
One of the more memorable birds
One of our target birds
And an easy bird to get anyone excited about South Texas
The Green Jay
I still am surprised that this is real
Portland needs more green birds. 20170326-_T9A4223

This is a hooded Oriole
It loves Sabal Palmetto
And to be fair, Sabal is one of best kinds of Palmetto
Very palmy
Portland could also use a few more Orioles.

20170326-_T9A4288Oh god!
Its coming right for us!
Regal Lawn Dart
Destroyer of Fishies
Royal Tern20170326-_T9A4301

South Padre Island
South Jetty
Good place for fishermen
Or if you just like to be with a giant crowd
Surrounded by water on 3 sides.
Needle nosed fish shape
Fun to catch,
For humans or Cormorants
But you gotta let it go bud
Eating it would be suicide!
International Port Towering in the skies
Fishermen living in the shadows
The future is here
But it isn’t evenly distributed

Black Skimmer
Gets by skimming off the top 1% 20170326-_T9A4445

Clapper Rail
But ever present
Well… In its range, at least. 20170326-_T9A4637

Ruddy Turnstone again
Body naturally off balance
Enjoys long walks on the beach20170326-_T9A4738

You just gotta expand your mind
See things from a different
Whatever Frank.
No Seriously.
I think I have it all figured out
We’ve been looking at it all wrong
Skimmer’s mostly don’t skim
They seem to mostly chill on the beach.
Black Chillers
I brought you this
I hope you like it
I picked it myself.
Sable Palm Sanctuary. 20170326-IMG_7499
Its a jungle in there20170326-IMG_7518
A beautiful Jungle20170326-IMG_7522

Some birds live here.

Photos are crazy Jumbled
As are my memories
Laughing gulls
And strutting humans
coexisting is all we can ask for20170326-IMG_7581Human Nature


Birds are just staring into the sun all the time
No hats
No sunglasses
Sometimes hiding in the shade
Must be reason for black around eyes
Oh great
Another beautiful little butterfly
This one has seen better days
Probably called queen something something
I don’t know.20170328-_T9A7667

One of my more memorable trip birds
White-eyed Vireo
Sings incessantly in the bushes
Almost always behind a branch
Like an optical illusion
No matter where you go you can’t get a clear view
This clear view
Obviously breaking the weird rule that I just created
Was the effort of 15 minutes of walking around the same bush
Trying for the perfect shot20170328-_T9A7708

Oh hello
I’ll be your Harris’s Hawk for the Trip
Look at those feet
Look at that bird
They’re all good birds
But this one is better.
Rufous Pants
Brown Jacket
Yellow Shoes
We stared longingly into each others eyes
For… maybe 2 minutes.
Trip highlight for sure. 20170328-_T9A7774

Mourning Doves
Apparently they are everywhere.
oh well, this one has Texas as a background.
Tropical Kingbird of Industry
Checking those fittings
Tightening those bolts
Catching those flies
Black Bellied Whistling Ducks
Family oriented
Enjoys public parks
Probably bread crumbs. 20170328-_T9A7888

Look at those stilts
also black neck
A bird normally found wading
Was searching for some shallow water
But only found a deep pond
Pretty sure I’m lost


A real grabable lizard
I have proof.
Available on request.

I miss you
I would like to visit
I wish I had the energy
Or capacity
To write more about you
When you were fresher in my mind
But I have new adventures to go on20170328-IMG_7768
Birds are on the move
Spring is here
Oregon may not have your incredible diversity
But it still has some really good birds
I’ll prove it.


2 thoughts on “Texas Spring Break: End of Days

  1. Excelent, i’m still wipeing the tears away, your photos are terrific by the way, give up being a comedian and become a full time wild life photographer LOL.
    All the best, Gordon.

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