Thursday, June 30, 2011

Baby Turtles Swimming Off Into the Future.

Heading for the water at dawn.

The Kemp's Ridley Sea turtle is the most endangered Sea Turtle. In 1947 there were 40,000 nesting females recorded by an amateur photographer on one beach in a single day. Today there are 1,000 nesting females in total.

Waiting for the turtles to arrive from Sea Turtle, Inc. About 200 babies hatched only four hours earlier.

Here they come!!!

A cooler full of turtles. Not the usual items brought to the beach in a cooler.

The first two to head toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Taking a breath.
SPX-the turtle rescue dog. He can sniff out the nests on the beach.

They're so tiny.

You can just make out the tiny heads and flippers.
Tickle, tickle, wake up, you have an adventure to go on.

Turtle tracks.
The last two head off into the sunrise.
"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore"
-Andre Gide

Beach and Sand Turtles

 Kieran's turtle. It's a female, notice her eggs?

 Kyle's fortress.

 Ummm yeah, it's supposed to be a jelly fish.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Birds and things

Boardwalk over the Laguna Madre Bay.
 Big Hare and tiny Spotted Ground Squirrel

I'm not sure what these are. The Mommy is the brown one and she had a set of fluffy black triplets.

Tri-color Heron.
He was rounding up fish and then grabbing them.

Black Necked Stilt. Related to our Sandpipers.

Red Winged Blackbird-the kids thought it had an injury.

Fresh Water Turtle.
 All types of birds together. There is a Roseate Spoonbill in the middle. That's Wyland Whaling Wall #53 in the background.
We saw Ally the American Alligator. She/He was under one of the birding platforms so I couldn't get my own picture.
American Alligator