SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 047

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today’s gallery continues with more photos from our visit to San Leon, TX. It wasn’t a pleasure visit (See Related Post), and when things got to me, I would step out on the deck, turn off my mind, and watch — and photograph — the sights and listen to the sounds of the Galveston Bay. I’ve covered the main attraction, the pelicans, and this post is appropriately titled San Leon — The Other Birds.

The original post for these photos is HERE. In this post, I’m sharing the 50 photos and one video from two galleries: THIS Gallery and THIS Gallery.

The video in the gallery appears in the original post as a YouTube video, and really, it’s more of a slideshow of different images. I’ll insert below, but you can also go to the original post or see the version in the Gallery (it’s the same video).

To the best of my knowledge, I try and identify most of the birds. If you find them in error, let me know.

Royal Tern (and meal)

This album is from a time when I captioned most of the photos, duplicating what I presented in the post . . . these days, I don’t bother since the only people I know who go to the Gallery also read the post, and documenting both places doubles my effort.

It looks serious, but it’s a Laughing Gull.

This next photo is one used in the ‘video’ and shows a Skimmer doing what its name implies.

. . . skimming . . .

At the time, I wondered how good a bird has to be to skim the water and find anything crossing its path . . .  

Next up, a Caspian Tern . . . they fly above the water and dive to catch their meals.

Notice the outline of the fish near the surface.

They aren’t the only birds that dive . . . although I never knew Mourning Doves to be divers.

That’s because I misidentified these doves. They’re actually Eurasian Collared Doves . . . which, as far as I know, are also not divers, the above photo notwithstanding.

And, a bird that flies underwater . . . the Doube-crested Cormorant . . .

Some birds don’t hunt on the wing . . . they stalk.

That’s a photo of a Yellow-crested Night Heron, as are all the remaining photos.

Sometimes they hunt on land . . .
. . . and sometimes near the water.

After a bit, they fly off to find another perch . . .

. . . only to fly off again . . .

Here’s the slideshow for the two galleries. If you prefer, you can just visit the galleries by clicking on the links I provided above.

Note: the transition is set to 3sec, but — if you move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow. It will make it easier to read the captions.

If you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button, you’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug. You can then scroll through the photos or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of The Other Birds Gallery — (29 photos)

Slideshow of the Stalking Birds Gallery — (21 photos)

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