Jose-Luis enjoying Surfside beach ...
Dawn at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Black-crowned Night Heron and Roseate Spoonbill
Killdeer in the early morning light
Later in the morning, I drove along the beach at Surfside and was rewarded with great views of shorebirds, including American Oystercatchers, Willets, Black-bellied Plovers and Ruddy Turnstones. Gulls and terns were plentiful, as were Brown Pelicans (including a couple which were mating).
In the afternoon, Jose-Luis continued, encouraged by having caught a second, larger shark. The rest of us went to Brazoria, where my daughter Emma saw her first Roseate Spoonbills.
Great Egret at Brazoria
Roseate Spoonbills (with White Ibis and Snowy Egrets)
Our visit ended well when Emma spotted a young coyote wandering among the flowers by the side of the exit road.
We all woke up on Wednesday looking forward to more beautiful days in Surfside, which Jose-Luis had decided was "paradise." Unfortunately, Hurricane Ike intervened: A mandatory evacuation order was issued and we had to pack up and leave at 10:00 a.m. So much for paradise!