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Leonabelle Turnbull Birding

Hurricane Harvey damaged the 700-foot boardwalk in 2017. They repaired the structure and added a new cement walkway that extends past the wooden path.

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American White Pelican
Fujifilm X-T3 Sigma 150-600 600mm F6.3 /1000sec ISO 250

There was a large group of American White Pelican flying into the wetlands. They glide along effortlessly around the marsh with their large orange beaks and black wingtips.

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Northern Shoveler
Fujifilm X-T3 Sigma 150-600 600mm F6.3 /1000sec ISO 500

The wetland has a large population of ducks. This Northern Shoveler was preening right in front of me.

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Green-winged Teal
Fujifilm X-T3 Sigma 150-600 600mm F6.3 /2000sec ISO 1250

A pair of Green-winged Teal were diving and coming up shaking their wet feathers. They are beautiful ducks.

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White Ibis
Fujifilm X-T3 Sigma 150-600 600mm F6.3 /1000sec ISO 500

I've photographed these White Ibis at the Marina on Business 35. Being able to get closer shows the details. They were constantly feeding.

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Snowy Egret
Fujifilm X-T3 Sigma 150-600 600mm F6.3 /2000sec ISO 500

As I was photographing the Ibis, this Snowy Egret came walking in front of me. They are smaller than the Great Egrets, but their distinctive yellow stripes on their legs and feet make them easy to identify.

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Blue Heron
Fujifilm X-T3 Sigma 150-600 600mm F6.3 /2000sec ISO 320

There is a small shallow area right off the end of the observation deck full of Talopia. This large Blue Heron slowly walked into the shallow area. It only took the Heron a few minutes before he had dinner, but it took him about fifteen minutes to finally swallow dinner.

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Tricolored Heron
Fujifilm X-T3 Sigma 150-600 375mm F6.3 /2000sec ISO 500

As I watched the Blue Heron finish dinner, this Tricolored Heron came strolling by. They are beautiful birds with plumage, white underbelly, and yellow feet.

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Soro
Fujifilm X-T3 Sigma 150-600 600mm F6.3 /2500sec ISO 3200

I turned around and saw a few people looking into a small pond. I walked over to see what was so interesting. I didn't see anything but some tall grass. After a few minutes, this Soro came out from under the grass. It's the first time I've seen a Soro. I'm always learning, it's fun seeing something different.

Photography should be fun! It's not about the phone or camera brand you're using. Remember, your best photographs result from one thing, making an effort to get out and shoot.

Comments are always welcomed.

Mark

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