'Shoot the Bird' 2021

The kids stayed at home and we brought our friend, Mary, to the coast for our 7th annual Shoot the Bird at Thanksgiving . We began at Anahuac NWR's Chenier Plains Visitor's Center where I was able to ID a new species of Aster: Drummond's. It was relatively quiet, but the spiders were out beyond the boardwalk to be shot with the long lens in low lighting ... never a great combo. Did the best I could with what I had! Shot 'em all.

Turning off to head toward the refuge, we witnessed from the car a red-tailed hawk and adult bald eagle engage in an in-flight kerfuffle. Something to see indeed, but by the time I got out of the car with the camera, the fight was all but over. Shot both guys for good measure as they flew away.

Next we spent several hours exploring the refuge which was relatively free from the non-feathered two-legged species (aka people). All to ourselves! A couple huge flocks of birds flew over: snow geese and white pelican. I ignored the second as I was focused instead on the beautiful juvenile bald eagle flying overhead, begging to shot, I shot him!

We tripped over a sunning cottonmouth. Thankfully, we were looking DOWN and not ups, so no one was bothered by the encounter. The 600mm long lens really comes in handy. I shot him!

Out on the jetties of the auto tour loop, highlights were watching many harriers hunt and flush creatures from the reeds. Fulvous whistling ducks and rosette spoonbills were in great numbers, more than we usually witness. Shot what we could.

We finished up first at Smith Oaks Rookery where we saw some gawd-awful ugly little cormorant babes in many nests there. Had no idea these birds raised families so late in the year. Didn't shoot any, though. Onward to the Boliar Flats Sanctuary because we just couldn't finish the day without shooting all the pretty shorebirds. Looked and looked for Snowy and Piping Plover, but alas, we not only didn't see any, I didn't get to shoot them either.

You're welcome, Mr. Turkey, for keeping your life as yours. Because it is just so unnecessary to exploit and kill another just for a day of gratitude and pleasure. DISCLAIMER: No animals were exploited or killed in our Shoot the Bird Thanksgiving Day outing.

Posted by dirtnkids dirtnkids, November 25, 2021 16:16

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Drummond's Aster (Symphyotrichum drummondii)

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November 24, 2021 08:29 AM CST

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Sunflowers and Allies (Tribe Heliantheae)

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November 24, 2021 08:32 AM CST

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Golden Silk Spider (Trichonephila clavipes)

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November 24, 2021 08:36 AM CST

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Common Reed (Phragmites australis)

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November 24, 2021 09:05 AM CST

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Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

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November 24, 2021 09:09 AM CST

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Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)

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November 24, 2021 09:09 AM CST

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Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

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November 24, 2021 09:09 AM CST

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American Asters (Genus Symphyotrichum)

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November 24, 2021 09:29 AM CST

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Yellow Passionflower (Passiflora lutea)

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November 24, 2021 09:30 AM CST

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American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

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November 24, 2021 09:32 AM CST

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Obscure Bird Grasshopper (Schistocerca obscura)

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November 24, 2021 08:52 AM CST

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Northern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)

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November 24, 2021 10:28 AM CST

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November 24, 2021 10:37 AM CST

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Wild Cowpea (Vigna luteola)

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November 24, 2021 11:00 AM CST

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Red-marked Pachodynerus Wasp (Pachodynerus erynnis)

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November 24, 2021 12:20 PM CST

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Oyster Mushrooms (Genus Pleurotus)

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November 24, 2021 02:08 PM CST

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November 24, 2021 02:10 PM CST

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Blushing Bracket (Daedaleopsis confragosa)

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November 24, 2021 02:10 PM CST

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November 24, 2021 02:12 PM CST

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Artist's Brackets, Reishi, and Allies (Genus Ganoderma)

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November 24, 2021 02:20 PM CST

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Daldinia Childiae Group (Complex Daldinia childiae)

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November 24, 2021 02:23 PM CST

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Pale Oyster (Pleurotus pulmonarius)

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November 24, 2021 02:25 PM CST

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November 24, 2021 10:10 AM CST

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Golden Silk Spider (Trichonephila clavipes)

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November 24, 2021 10:11 AM CST

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Red-femured Spotted Orbweaver (Neoscona domiciliorum)

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November 24, 2021 10:24 AM CST

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Long-jawed Orbweavers (Family Tetragnathidae)

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November 24, 2021 10:28 AM CST

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Artist's Brackets, Reishi, and Allies (Genus Ganoderma)

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November 24, 2021 10:29 AM CST

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November 24, 2021 10:34 AM CST

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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

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November 24, 2021 10:42 AM CST

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

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November 24, 2021 11:05 AM CST

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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

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November 2021

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)

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November 24, 2021 11:13 AM CST

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Northern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)

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November 24, 2021 11:32 AM CST

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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

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November 2021

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)

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November 24, 2021 11:45 AM CST

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Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius oileus)

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November 24, 2021 11:50 AM CST

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens)

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November 24, 2021 12:06 PM CST

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Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

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November 2021

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

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November 24, 2021 12:24 PM CST

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

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November 24, 2021 12:33 PM CST

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American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

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November 24, 2021 12:41 PM CST

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Great Egret (Ardea alba)

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November 24, 2021 12:47 PM CST

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Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor)

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November 24, 2021 12:58 PM CST

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Tri-coloured Heron (Egretta tricolor)

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November 24, 2021 01:00 PM CST

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Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)

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November 24, 2021 01:09 PM CST

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Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata)

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November 24, 2021 01:42 PM CST

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

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November 24, 2021 01:40 PM CST

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)

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November 24, 2021 01:43 PM CST

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Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

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November 24, 2021 01:21 PM CST

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Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea)

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November 24, 2021 01:22 PM CST

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Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

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November 24, 2021 01:51 PM CST

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Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)

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November 24, 2021 03:23 PM CST

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Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)

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November 24, 2021 03:30 PM CST

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Yellow-shouldered Drone Fly (Eristalis stipator)

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November 24, 2021 03:46 PM CST

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Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

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November 24, 2021 04:02 PM CST

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Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

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November 24, 2021 04:04 PM CST

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Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)

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November 24, 2021 04:06 PM CST

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Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)

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November 24, 2021 04:06 PM CST

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Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)

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November 24, 2021 04:08 PM CST

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American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)

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November 24, 2021 04:10 PM CST

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Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

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November 24, 2021 04:08 PM CST

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Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

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November 24, 2021 04:11 PM CST

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Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)

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November 24, 2021 04:12 PM CST

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

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November 24, 2021 04:17 PM CST

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American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

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November 24, 2021 04:19 PM CST

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Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)

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November 24, 2021 04:21 PM CST

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Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

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November 24, 2021 04:20 PM CST

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Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)

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November 24, 2021 04:24 PM CST

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Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)

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November 24, 2021 04:26 PM CST

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