South Padre Island

Taking a Break

Taking a Break – This Dunlin seemed to be taking a break from all the action along the beach at Padre Island National Seashore.  It was fun to watch these birds balance on one leg and tuck their beaks into their feathers and just relax.

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Ruddy Duck Grooming

Ruddy Duck Grooming – As the Ruddy Duck groomed, it appeared to the casual observer that he was sort of swimming around in circles and not getting much done.  While in fact, he was doing a very thorough job of maintaining the water repellent and insulating nature of his feathers.

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Lone Ruddy Duck

Lone Ruddy Duck – This Ruddy Duck spent several minutes grooming himself in a pond on Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center in Port Aransas, Texas.  It was fun to watch him splash around and painstakingly oil and then smooth each feather.

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Feathers Just Feathers

Feathers Just Feathers – I was taken by the coloring and detail in the feathers of the male Ruddy Duck.  In post-processing, I made the rare decision to crop most of the image out leaving only the side and wing feathers.  While the bird is not visible, many people would be able to identify this

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Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron – On a rainy morning at Leoneabelle Turnbull Birding Center, this Tricolored Heron with its matted down outer feathers was trying to make a living in the pond.  I found the texture of the wet feathers to be quite interesting.

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