The park spans FM3090 on the ocean side and bay side of the island. We did all our hiking on the bay side hoping to see some birds. We were not disappointed. I learned a lesson though. Taking pictures through the window of a car yields blurry pictures unless you turn the car off. You can see what I mean in the photo below. Argh. Lesson learned.
|White Ibis and Laughing Gull|
|Great Blue Heron|
The trails are a mix of dirt and sand with bridges connecting some of the marshy areas. We got a very clear view of a pair of Roseate Spoonbills, Breck's favorite bird, from the first bridge.
These Neotropic Cormorants let us get really close on the second bridge before deciding enough was enough and they flew away.
|Neotropic Cormorant pair|
We headed down this trail at the end of the afternoon hoping to spot some American Oyster Catchers.
It was not the prettiest of the trails and we didn't see a single bird until this. It's an Osprey albeit blurry. However keep in mind I was more than a football field away from this guy, in the wind, with no tripod, and camera I was not yet familiar with. All that though does not change the fact I SAW AN OSPREY! Check that off my Life List.
There are places to launch a kayak in the park to ride through the marshes. Next time. We did check out the launch for future reference and spotted these guys hanging out. These are also blurry, but it had been a long day at this point and the wind was still a major factor as was my ability to navigate the settings. I kept switching my focus from the bird to the grasses around them. And I really need to get a good tripod.
* If you saw my last post Every Picture Tells A Story I want to tell you that I visited GISP first. I learned from many of my focus mistakes I made here which helped me get the clear Yellow-crowned Night-Heron pictures.