Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

We were surprised to find a great place for birding right on the edge of Port Aransas. Lots of bird pics here.

We saw lots of birds at Leonabelle including roseate spoonbills, egrets, ducks, herons, and grebes. Also an alligator. We made good use of our new spotting scope, our pocket binoculars, and our cameras. On Wednesdays at 9 AM they have local experts on hand to provide information, loan binoculars, and help identify birds. We got a handy checklist so we could keep track of what we saw. 

Lots of white pelicans. Here are some landing and in flight. 

Lots of different kinds of ducks. 

These are northern shovelers.

Green-winged teals. The colorful stripe on their head appears to change color. 

A cinnamon teal and another look at a northern shoveler.

Black-necked stilts and an ibis, among others.

Snowy egret. And a heron.

A great egret and an american coot.

A pied-billed grebe. It actually swims underwater. And catches things, as you can see in the last photo with the egret and heron.

Tri-colored heron.

Common gallinule. With candy-corn beak.

Roseate spoonbills. We got a much better look at these at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

A yellow-rumped warbler, affectionately known as a butter-butt.