My good friend Debbie joined me yesterday, for a lovely daytrip to Brazos Bend State Park. Debbie is not a focused birder, as that would be too limiting of an adjective for her extraordinary life. I’ll share with you one of her many extraordinary attributes:
She is planning a trip to Antarctica. No, no—that’s not what’s most extraordinary. Here it is: when Debbie visits Antarctica, she will have spent time on EVERY continent of this great big world. Can you imagine?
Although not a birder, she is an extraordinary outdoorswoman, and we had a great time.
It was a treat for me to have a friend in the field, who shares a love of Mother Nature’s creation. And Brazos Bend’s summer residents put on their own extraordinary showing for my friend:
The bird of the day was certainly the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, or as Debbie nick-named them: those Stormy-Night Ones:
We had great fun watching the locals move about the springtime-fresh Lotus plants:
And do you see it? This one is what makes this park memorable to most visitors:
See it now?
And if you know the name of this beautiful flowering vine, please share:
The summertime Purple Gallinules were out and about:
And a lovely Great Egret displayed for us, in a purple-blooming field of Water Hyacinth. Do you know which one doesn’t belong here?—and is terribly destructive to the habitat?
And the Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks gave Debbie a good show throughout the day, with their unique face, behavior and whistling calls:
Thanks, Deb, for joining me. What a fun day! I hope Brazos Bend memories will help keep you warm when traveling to Antarctica…