The Admiral finds plenty of birding to do right here.
This little Kestral, one of the smaller falcons, was sitting on the windex on a small sailboat right next to us.
This is a good look at our anchorage in the Menmentau River.
Looking back at the main part of the Mermentau.
The fall colors of the Cypress and other trees in the area.
The Leland Bowman Locks on the way to Intracoastal City and Shell Morgan Landing.
We noticed the more vibrant colors of the Rosette Spoonbills and other birds. The Admiral says it is due to a better diet, of course we have had a drought in Texas so the food sources are lean.
This Osprey is darker in color as well.
This is Shell Morgan Landing, the business is primarily a fuel stop for recreational boats, crew boats and shrimpers. They sell hundreds of thousands gallons of fuel here monthly, also he has a few transient moorings and We needed it!
All the Shrinp boats are huge, they carry 28,000 gallons of fuel and are all 80'-130' feet in length.
This Alligator was hanging out in a drainage ditch allong the road we were walking down to find some local birds. I think he was 4'-5' long, most of him was under water though.
The Admiral loves the Shrikes, she says they have "Attitude".
Lot's of big Hawks, everywhere.
Underway 7:36hrs,46.4Km., avg speed 6.1kts., 69 degrees, sunny, 5-10 ESE winds
We sleep late on the 12th, got up to a really nice day and wondered if we had made a mistake not using this day to get to the next spot. We walked down the main road dodging truck traffic and getting shots of raptors, shrikes, and other little birds. We had our mosquito repellant sprayed on but we still had to swat our way through . On the way back I spotted a small alligator in the drainage ditch, the Admiral got a pic of him before he slid below the water. From then on my attention was in the ditches. The only grocery store in miles was just a short walk away and they fixed hot breakfast and lunch plates. So far we have had 2 of those lunch plates and I have not been disappointed!