Most of my time at Port Aransas was either eating really really fresh and delicious seafood or seeing many many beautiful birds.
The first birding stop was Paradise Pond. A green and wet spot in the middle of town between a Mexican restaurant and a housing development. It is the island's only freshwater wetland and a popular stop for migrating birds.
Even after almost ten years visiting Texas it's always a treat for me to see a cardinal.
Next up was the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center. It's next to the water treatment plant so always has a good supply of water. The board walk and observation tower offer great opportunities to see different water birds and ducks. Having a super knowledgeable friend along was a bonus for a newbie birder like me.
We watched a solo brown pelican fishing for his lunch. They often are in groups, but this guy was happy on his own and quite successful!
I can't even guess how many different varieties of ducks were there that day. I do know there were three different types of teals and that was a coupe for one day! This is a Blue Winged Teal.....
Some of the most fascinating to watch were the Black Necked Stilts. It's fun to see their long legs when they are standing on the shore; hopefully you can get the picture from this shot.
The flock flew back and forth over the ponds but eventually landed on the water.
So that's a sample of only two of the birding areas in Port A. I picked up a map for future reference and after the big rains forecast for the next couple days in South Central Texas that will replenish the wetlands I think another trip to this area will be on my planning calendar!