Aranuac National Wildlife Refuge – Texas.
Species seen 19.
Day two of our stay in the Gulf of Mexico took us to the Aranuac National Wildlife Refuge which is about 10 miles north of High Island. Stopping at the entrance pool the trees were full of Brown-headed
Cowbirds. Moving around the pool I flushed a Green Heron which sat in a bush for some time afterwards. Many of the small bushes had Gulf Fritillary and Monarch Butterflies visiting them.
Moving through the Refuge the following water birds were seen, Great Blue Heron, Tricoloured Heron, Little and Cattle Egrets.
Other birds seen where, Starling, Ringed Plover,
Greenshank, White Winged Dove, Eastern Kingbird,
Laughing Gull, Brown Pelican and Cormorant.
Before leaving we went to look for Kingfishers in the bayou, sadly none were seen even with the fish jumping out of the water! A quick scan along the bayou gave us a second Alligator sighting for the day. This time it wasn’t a small “Gator” but a fully grown adult which had just taken a Great White Egret and was slowly chomping it down. A pure wildlife moment and a reminder to stay close to the vehicle while in the swamp and bayou areas.
Other record shots from our visit.