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    Coastal Birds of Texas - II

    by Ken Rudine, Contributing Editor
    Female Ring Necked Ducks, Port Aransas,  Texas
    Female Ring Necked Ducks in Port Aransas.
    January 2006
    Great Blue Heron Eats Minnow
    Great Blue Heron.
    March 2006 photo
    Great Blue Heron - This bird likes to find a pier that has 2 or 3 fishermen on it and they will approach to within about 15 feet and wait for a hand-out.
    White Pelicans waiting to be fed in Fulton, TX
    White Pelicans waiting to be fed in Fulton.
    March 2006
    White Pelicans are entirely different from Brown Pelicans which crash into the water from high heights to catch a fish seen while flying over the water. White Pelicans tend to group in a single location near day's end waiting for fishermen to throw them food collected from cleaning the fish of today's catch.
    Brown Pelican
    Brown Pelican.
    December 2006
    Brown Pelican taking flight
    Brown Pelican.
    August 2008
    black-necked stilt, Texas gulf coast
    Black-Necked Stilt.
    July 2008
    Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck, Texas gulf coast
    Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck.
    December 2005
    Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck - These ducks do whistle, but the belly is not always black - all the time.
    Northern Shoveler, Texas gulf coast
    Northern Shoveler.
    March 2006
    Northern Shoveler - Colorful medium size duck with a green head, black back, rusty sides, sometimes a blue wing spot, but if female it has orange lips on a dark bill.
    Scissor Tailed Fly Catcher, Texas gulf coast
    Scissor Tailed Fly Catcher
    March 2007
    Scissor Tailed Fly Catcher - This bird was taken on the Rio Grande near Santa Ana N W R. They have extremely long tail feathers and like pasture lands too.
    Grackles on wire in Fulton, TX
    Birds of a feather flock together
    February 2006
    Grackles at the power pole was taken at Fulton, Texas harbor, corner of Broadway and Fulton Beach Road.
    Ducks On Wire, Texas gulf coast
    Ducks on a wire
    December 2008
    Photographer's Note:

    After The Rudine Team saw Ron Stones Houston TV report of the Rockport Hummer/Bird Celebration in the mid 1980s, we began our annual treks there. Each year we listened to lectures given by various birders on their specialty and saw their slide shows. All this was helpful in understanding where certain birds could be seen and how to recognize them when you do find them.

    At The Celebration in 1995, one of the speakers was Roger Tory Peterson. During that weekend, he was honored at Rockports own Connie Hagar (1886-1973) Bird Sanctuary dedication near the corner of E. 3rd and S. Church Streets. During this event, and not being dressed for the heat of the day, Peterson collapsed. At his then age of 86, many of us feared the worst, but his stamina soon returned.
    He was a birder and an artist who started drawing birds while in high school. As an artist he recognized and simplified a method of identifying birds. He published his "Field Guide to Birds" in 1934 which revolutionized bird-watching. John Audubon was the reigning painter of birds before Roger Tory Peterson came along.

    Peterson was born in Jamestown, N. Y., August 28, 1908 and died July 28, 1996 in Old Lyme, CT. We credit the Peterson Identification System with our ability to find, photograph and identify birds for our enjoyment. Ken & Yvonne Rudine
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    Green Parrot, Texas gulf coast
    Green Parrot
    March 2007 photo

    Green Parrot - Maybe not considered a coastal bird by purists, but I have photographed them less than 9 miles from the Gulf.

    Photos Ken Rudine

    More Birds by Ken Rudine:
    Coastal Birds of Texas - I
    Coastal Birds of Texas - III
    Roadrunner
    | Green Parrots | Heron's Nest |

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