|Great Blue Heron.
March 2006 photo
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
waiting to be fed in Fulton.
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.
Whistling-Duck3 - These ducks do whistle, but the belly is not
always black - all the time.
- 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
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
|Birds of a feather
at the power pole was taken at Fulton,
Texas harbor, corner of Broadway and Fulton Beach Road.
|Ducks on a wire
After The Rudine Team
saw Ron Stone’s Houston
TV report of the Rockport Hummer/Bird Celebration in the mid
1980’s, 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 Rockport’s
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
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.
& Yvonne Rudine
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.
Birds of Texas - III