|Hilton Garden Inn in the fog as seen from the boardwalk of the World Birding Centre on SPI|
There is a birding group that meets every Thursday morning at the South Padre Island Golf Course in Laguna Vista. We finally made it to one of the meetings today. Last week we slept in and the week before it was raining.
We decided to birdwatch along Highway 100 and then go down from Los Fresnos to the Palo Alto Historical Battle Site.
The first significant one we saw was a peregrine falcon. It was very far away so this is my camera zoomed 90x. I finally learned how to use the digital zoom on the damned thing. The pictures are quite grainy at that distance but there is enough detail to accurately identify it.
nilgai - the largest type of Asian antelope. According to Wikipedia, 'Nilgai were introduced in the US state of Texas in the 1920s by the King Ranch for recreational purposes [hunting]. Over the years, some escaped and they are not free-ranging in various southern portions of the state.' There are about 30,000 of them in the Texas/Mexico are - 10,000 of them on the King Ranch.
Skip and I are taking a mini-holiday from Spring Break on the island and are spending the next three days 'up the valley' in and around McAllen, TX. We plan to visit the remaining three World Birding Centers - Quinta Mazatlan, the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse, and the Roma Bluffs. We're also close to Bentsen State Park so may stop in there as well. Saturday will be rainy so we'll probably shop then and do other indoor pursuits.
After lunch in Los Fresnos with our new birding friends, Skip and I bid farewell and made our way to the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show. It was only $10 to get in. There were lots of animals being shown or getting ready to be shown. We also saw a little kids' tractor pull.
Another area we explored was the antique farm machinery building. At the far end was a couple of old timers operating a rope making machine.
As I clicked the button to publish this post, I noted that it is my 1000th post since beginning blogging in May of 2007. I really enjoy reading about some of the things we've done these past 7+ years and looking at the photos. This blog has very much been a pictorial journal for me and it's been very nice to have acquired some followers as well as knowing there are others 'out there' reading it as well. Happy 1000th Postiversary to me!