Monday, April 08, 2013

Anahauc and the Bolivar-Galveston Ferry

After the chaos of the Smith Oaks rookery, Anahuac NWR was remarkably quiet. The only birds we saw were White Ibis, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, American Coots, Common Gallinules, Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, Barn Swallows and a single Great Egret.

However, alligators were plentiful: We saw 15 adults while driving around Shovelers' Pond.

The most exciting sighting came when we stopped at the bridge leading to the boardwalk at Shovelers' Pond. In the water below the bridge were no fewer than 26 baby alligators. (As they were less than 2' long, I assume they had been born early last fall.) We and several other visitors watched fascinated as the babies chased small fish and tadpoles and even caught the occasional bug.

On our way back to the hotel, we took the Bolivar - Galveston ferry.

The Bolivar ferry landing area was busy with Laughing Gulls and displaying Great-tailed Grackles.

White Pelicans lined the breakwater and a couple swam past the ferry.

As the ferry crossed to Galveston, it was accompanied by an odd mixture of birds - Laughing Gulls, Double-crested Cormorants (below), Great-tailed Grackles and Rock Pigeons!

A few dolphins made up our last sighting of the day.


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