Sunday, 31 March 2013

Texas - Day 9

Back in England after a 9 hour flight, setting off at 9:45 PM, Texas time and landed 1:45pm, English time.

Going back to our final day in Texas, we started it with the joy of packing our bags. Once done we headed to our final state park of our trip, Brazos Bend State Park. We have chosen this locations as it was one of our favourite places and not too far away from the airport so we could stay there till the last moment.

Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps

We started off by walking around 40-acre lake where we saw not 1 or 2 alligators but what seemed like hundreds , most lining the sides of the path around the lake. This was fine last time we visited but having seen what these creatures can do,  put us both on edge as we passed each one.


We also spotted a few lizards running along the floor, normally disappearing into the leaves. After looking around for one a little more tame and relaxed by us getting close, finally we found one on a small tree just by the main path. We both started snapping away and I got a chance to try out my Canon 100mm F2.8L Macro lens.

Green Anole - Anolis carolinensis

After walking around 40 acre lake we moved onto Elm Lake and had a walk around there, we saw less birds though Dragonflies seemed to be everywhere and a whistling duck was sitting on one of the islands in the middle. We also found a very tame Yellow-crowned Night Heron which allowed me to get up close to it without it flying away.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron - Nyctanassa violacea

As we went to leave the path we spotted our third snake that we had seen at the park, a Garter Snake. Unfortunately as soon as I spotted it, it disappeared.

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