South Padre Island Marsh

The marshes at South Padre Island offer some fine bird photography almost anytime of the year, but mid-May is one of my favorite. Here is a sample of what was happening in the marsh earlier this week.

Great Blue Heron landing in marsh
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Red-winged Blackbird male singing from the boardwalk handrail.

This courting male Red-winged Blackbird was all over the place.

Red-winged Blackbird doing the splits between cattails.
Muddy feet are of no concern when it’s mating time.
Mating Killdeer dismount..
Black-necked Stilts dancing by the Salt Grass.
Black-necked Stilt, female on nest
Black-necked Stilt male preparing to incubate eggs.
Black-necked Stilt, female feeding

A late afternoon fog bank gave the stilts enough shade to keep the eggs from baking while the pair poked about for supper. Their eggs should hatch during the Memorial Day weekend, but 4 days of bumper to bumper vehicle traffic will prevent all but the most intrepid wildlife photographers from recording it.

Larry

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