First are a few photos of the park where I work in Laredo.
|Gulf Coast Toad at my park (Laredo)|
|I so do love large, sprawling trees. We don't really have them in Laredo (okay, we pretty much don't have them at ALL in Laredo). This one is in San Antonio near my boyfriend's house.|
As part of my job, I have been extremely lucky to travel to lots of cool parts of the state for work. This past November I got to help out at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. Here are some photos from this.
|Believe it or not, this is not a wasp, but a moth pretending to look like a wasp! Texas Wasp Moth at Frontera Audubon.|
|Blue Spiny Lizard (or Texas Spiny Lizard--I forget which!)|
|The award for most prehistoric-looking bird in south Texas goes to the Plain Chachalaca. They are SO bizarre, and they get into strange poses, and make unearthly noises. So cool.|
|Hackberry Emperor butterflies all drinking something delicious at Bentsen Rio-Grande Valley State Park, Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival.|
|Green Jays are so beautiful that it's hard to believe they're "junk birds" in the Valley. Junk birds meaning that in the state parks, they're everywhere!!|
|This is the best example of camouflage used by a bird that I have ever seen. Common Pauraque: these birds are nocturnal, and during the day they find a place to roost on the ground.|
|Here's the Pauraque again.|
|Yellow-crowned Night-heron looking pensive.|
|Sego palm is not actually a palm at all, but a prehistoric plant.|
|Groove-billed Ani is a very odd-looking bird that, in the United States, can only reliably be found in South Texas and Florida. Here is one perched cooperatively on a branch at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.|
|The bridge at Santa Ana NWR was so cool!|
|We gathered for the field trips EARLY in the morning, which did allow for amazing views of sunrises!|
|This spotting scope is burdened down by lots of gear!|
|At the festival, I helped man a booth for Lake Casa Blanca State Park and the Laredo Birding Festival. There was a live raptor exhibit at the other end of the exhibit hall. Several times, one of the birds got loose, and flew around the building, much to the surprise and delight of festival-goers! here is an endangered Aplomado Falcon sitting in front of our Laredo Birding Festival banner! Photo taken by a City of Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau employee. :)|
|Spanish Moss draping the trees at Santa Ana NWR.|
|This was the bird species highlight of the festival: the 2nd US record of Amazon Kingfisher was found!! (The first US record was in Laredo, a few years ago).|
|and here is my very poor photo of this bird, taken by my phone through a spotting scope.|
That's all for the moment!!!