Tales From The Camping House

Tales From The Camping House

Friday, February 24, 2012

Birding 101/Nature Boat Tour/Freezing Winds

Unfortunately, the weather forecasters were correct today.  About 3 in the morning, the rains came pouring down, then the rain stopped and the winds began to howl.  The flaps on our bedroom slides were making a racket.  It wasn't hard getting up early, since we were already awake.  I layered all the clothes I could with a hat, muffler, gloves and coat and managed to stay warm.  We went to the Turnbull Birding Center which is completely outside, no indoor places to gather.  We were scheduled to be on a 4 hour birding class with Gene Blacklock who has written quite a few birding books.  The wind was so loud, the poor man could barely be heard.  He was extremely knowledgeable and we did learn a lot.  We went to several places to observe birds.  There were not many since they were hunkered down in the bushes and trees trying to stay out of the wind.  

We did go down to the jetty to see what birds could be seen, but the wind was blowing so hard you could not get out of your car without being sandblasted.

There were several ships by the jetty, as the waves hit, the water would fly over the deck.

There were hundreds of gulls sitting by the jetty, just hunkered down out of the wind.  Something made them take off which made a pretty cool picture.

 After we finished the class, we headed over to the docks before going home. We were scheduled to go out on another boat at 2:00.  We rescheduled the trip for 4:30 as the winds were supposed to start dying down about 2:00.

The winds did die down in the afternoon.  By 4:00, there was a breeze, but nothing like it had been earlier.  The sun even made some appearances.  We left on the Island Queen to see what was around.

The boat pulled up pretty close to the white pelicans and we could observe some of their antics.

There was also this neat lighthouse owned by the Butt (H.E.B.) family who still keeps a full time lighthouse keeper there.

So, even though the weather didn't cooperate, we were still able to enjoy our day.

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