For several years, we have been making a trek to Rockport/Fulton, Texas, with the hope of seeing the endangered Whooping Cranes. This past year, we finally succeeded on a birding boat tour out of Fulton Harbor. We also went to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, and saw a few "Whoopers" there -- all in all a successful birding trip.
We had some really good views of the whooping cranes, but they were very hard to photograph. At that time, I was still struggling with getting a good focus from my camera. Hmmm... actually, this was the first trip with more successful pictures -- but still not perfect! ;-)
The whoopers were not the only great birding sights on this trip. Above is an American Bittern.
And another exciting sight was a juvenile Greater Flamingo!
On the way back we were accompanied by dolphins -- they love riding the boat's wake.
For some reason, I'm particularly enamored of Brown Pelicans. Here are two of the many shots I have taken (on that trip -- not to mention other trips!).
And finally, my husband's favorite sea-bird. He likes to feed them -- I take pictures. ;-) More pictures soon...