|Whooping crane almost 5 ft tall|
Whooping cranes are the largest bird in North America, weighing in around 15 lb and standing almost 5 feet tall. They winter in this section of the gulf coast and migrate up north of the Arctic Circle to nest. Almost extinct a few years ago, their population now counts as about 245 birds. They mate for life.
|Mr & Mrs. Crane in flight|
After departing the visitor center we went across the street to have a picnic lunch under some oak trees. Nearby we saw a fence with a sign that said Alligators - stay behind fence. Ok. This sounds like a good idea.
After lunch we peeked over the fence and saw this fella. He did remind me a lot of the crocadile in Peter Pan movie but he is an alligator not a croc. Still...can't you just see Captain Hook scrambling for his life?
We started a little hike and saw this cardinal eating late lunch in an oak tree. I started to shoot some pics and Sraddha grabbed me and escorted me back to car so this is the best photo I had. not great but he is cute. Turns out I had 50 mosquitoes on my shirt and pants.
If the Alligators don't eat you in Texas, the mosquitoes will!