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Lower Rio Grande Valley Update No. 1

by Bryan on April 4th, 2012

A Hook-billed Kite, soaring high above the hawk-watching platform at Bentsen-Rio Grande Vally State Park, may have been the highlight of a long day of birding Tuesday. But then a bobcat sauntered by. Before that, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet sang, giving Peter and me some great looks. After that, at Estero Llano Grande State Park, we got flashed by a Black-bellied Whistling Duck. (For more on that, click on the final image in the series below.) We watched Curve-billed Thrashers, well, um, er, making more Curve-billed Thrashers at our feet. Oh, and the Least Grebes aren’t so diminutive when they’re swimming about 20 feet away. Green Kingfisher, Altamira Oriole, Olive Sparrow, a blizzard of butterflies, rare dragonflies. Just another day in the Valley. Here’s a story in only a few photos.


Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet


Least Grebe

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (click the image for an R-rated explanation of what's "hanging" here between its legs).

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  1. Hi James. A bit quiet here (and hot), but wonderful nonetheless. Call if you need any scouting advice. We wrap up on April 15.

  2. Dudley Carlson permalink

    Your standing BBWDuck hast to be the BEST photo I’ve ever seen of that bird. What a beauty! Made up for Hollywood, from eye-shadow to pink slippers. Bravo!

  3. Amazing shots Brian…especially the Bobcat. Keep the posts coming! I’ll be down there soon and this is a great warm up for the trip.



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