11/16/2016 – Laguna Atascosa NWR

Oh my – the normal road into this NWR is under construction. Nothing says how bad the detour road is. It’s terrible. But I got there and learned once there that the longer (16 mile) drive is closed to vehicles. You have to take their shuttle. Of course, I was there on a day the shuttle wasn’t running. So, I didn’t get off to a great start. Did I have a good time, yes. I will go back, but hopefully after the road in is complete. And I’ll make sure the shuttle is running and purchase an advance ticket if necessary.

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

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Laguna Atocosa NWR

Laguna Atocosa NWR

Mexican Squirrel

Mexican Squirrel

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Birds Only

Birds Only

The drive to the Osprey Overlook was open.

The drive to the Osprey Overlook was open.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Ducks everywhere

Ducks everywhere

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Great Egret

Great Egret

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

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Sharing Space

Sharing Space

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Again, everywhere!

Again, everywhere!

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Alligator Pond

Alligator Pond

Alligator

Alligator

No problem!

No problem!

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White Pelicans

White Pelicans

Alligator facing ...

Alligator facing …

Great Blue looking back

Great Blue looking back

Staring contest.

Staring contest.

Other ducks keeping an eye out.

Other ducks keeping an eye out.

Blue Winged Teal

Blue Winged Teal

The ducks don't seem to feel any danger.

The ducks don’t seem to feel any danger.

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Hmmm, look what's under this sign ...

Hmmm, look what’s under this sign …

Another alligator.

Another alligator.

White Ibis

White Ibis

Harris's Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Harris's Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Border Patrol Plain Flying Overhead

Border Patrol Plain Flying Overhead

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On the drive home through San Benito I took a picture of the Water Tower with Freddy Fender commemorated.

On the drive home through San Benito I took a picture of the Water Tower with Freddy Fender commemorated.

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My next post won’t have to do with birding! But birds are the reason many come to south Texas and I certainly understand why!