Dammit Santa, what part of I was good didn't you get?
So I wake up this morning, Christmas morning, and there was no Nikkor 800mm waiting for me. WTF? I was a good boy this year. In the last three months I have saved not one, but two turtles from becoming roadkill. I'm pretty sure I did some other good deeds too, but noooooo, I didn't even get a D4. Today I'm on a barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Texas and I can't help but think Santa hit Colorado before Texas and had one too many pot cookies and forgot to drop off my goodies. It's better to give than to receive Santa - I'm just trying to help you feel good about yourself. Lord knows you could use some cheering up to deal with your body image issues.
I figure maybe the 800mm is on backorder, so Santa will at least bust out some cool birds for me to shoot today. How about a Long-billed Curlew? Or a Crested Caracara? Alas, Santa must have been punishing me for not blogging any of those Florida pics yet (they're coming Santa, really). The best Saint Nick could muster at sunrise was thick clouds on the horizon and this....
Hellooooooh? A hunchbacked Sanderling? C'mon Santa, how 'bout a Whooping Crane?
Well at least Rudolph farted through the clouds....
Dear Santa, don't you have to bust out TWO miracles to be called Saint Nick? This ain't a Curlew, just a Willet.
I guess it could have been worse. Santa could have given me a lump of coot. Instead I get a bunch of poorly synchronized divers.
Pelicans at Mustang Island, Texas. Rare shot with no offshore platforms in the background.
So I drove over to North Padre Island. Distinct lack of drunk sorority chicks missing bikini parts. But I did find this 20'x30' trash-lined puddle with some Texas-sized diversity? Did I just say "Texas" and "diversity" in the same sentence?
Don't Mess With Texas. Left to right: Bud Light cans, Tri-colored Heron, sandwich bag, Snowy Egret, Styrofoam cup, Immature White Ibis (yes, the Ibis was on Xmas break from UT), grocery sack.
I parked the Jeep next to the pond and shot out the window. The Ibis is a prober - pretty boring (well at least with the lights on). The Snowy Egret is a stabber, but wicked common. Hence the Tri-colored Heron quickly became my favorite subject due to it's animated fishing style.
The Tri-colored Heron and Reddish Egret have similar fishing styles. Both will run fish down.
As well, they will both spread their wings and hide their head under a wing before striking. It's theorized that this creates a shadowed area in the water that the fish gravitate to, thinking it is safe cover under vegetation. Fish ain't too bright.
I guess I didn't get what I asked for this Christmas, but instead Santa gave me the gift of knowing that the 800mm Nikkor is just a Warbler lens and who wants to waste their time shooting a bunch of tiny bug-eaters that won't sit still? Well at least until Spring migration. It was on backorder, right?
Happy Holidays y'all,
Wow!! you just keep better & better!!!
Merry Birdland !!! These images are beautiful. Santa was good to you.
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