Our plan was to visit the Houston Audubon Sanctuary located a few miles further up the peninsula from our campground. Oooops. We discovered it wouldn’t open to the public until Mid-March. (Tip: They also charge a small admission fee so be prepared if you go)
So, route change time! About a half hour further was the main entrance to the Anahuac Wildlife Preserve, operated by U.S. Fish & Wildlife.
Free admission, nice gift shop and over 35000 acres of preserve. We even found a very nice book about salt marshes that we sent to our grandkids. (Hope they like it!)
We got to see egrets, ibis, moorhens, shoveler ducks, spoonbills and others, as well as an alligator that was sunning himself close to the road. There was also a very nice boardwalk on the loop that a went out into a section of the marshy pond. And that was just one small area that we took in.
We look forward to getting back there, this time with picnic lunch in hand! (note to self…don’t forget to pack food for day trips!) We'd like to spend more time there exploring some of the other areas of the preserve, and maybe see other critters that inhabit that area.
While I wouldn’t consider myself a “birder”, we are finding our feather friends fun to watch and photograph…even for a ”lazy photographer” like myself (See my Nikon D5000 gear review post for what I mean by that 😊)
Hope you enjoy the photos below, and if you’re interested in the book we found, here it is on Amazon:
|Check out those chicken feet on a moorhen!|
|I like how this shoveler duck's bill is reflected in the water|
|I barley got this ibis flying off.|
|This duck did not want his photo taken!|
|I think this little one finally got tired of flitting away from me|
|Vultures. God's animal sanitation department|
|What's a marsh without turtles?|
|These spoonbills were pretty far away|
|Saw lots of ducks!|
|Easier to photograph them swimming!|
|Chris heads up to the visitor center|