Fall 2016 images from Texas:

Updated: Thursday December 29, 2016

Enjoy the birds and photos below...I certainly did while I was taking them!

Erik Breden
Harlingen, Texas
erik.breden@otterside.com

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December 29th - Cayo del Grullo, Riviera, TX

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The Cayo del Grullo is a large area of agricultural fields (many with permanent or seasonal ponds and lakes) to the East of Riviera, Texas. By driving along all the County and Farm Roads, one can find an amazing variety of ducks, geese, cranes, raptors, shorebirds, blackbirds, sparrows, etc. The mix of birds changes with the seasons, but there is always something to see.

The birds listed below are only a small sampling of what we saw today.


  • Harris's Hawk
  • Crested Caracara
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Ross's Goose


December 5th - Estero Llano Grande State Park, Weslaco, TX

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  • Mottled Duck
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Gadwall
  • White Ibis
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Green Kingfisher
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
  • Common Pauraque
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Green-winged Teal


November 1st - Martin Ranch Refuge, Mission, TX

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I was the driver for the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival's photographic trip to Martin Ranch Refuge. We didn't see a great variety of birds, but did see several raptor species up close and personal! The refuge has several blinds and feeding stations which provide excellent opportunities to see and photograph raptors such as Crested Caracara, Harris's Hawk, Turkey Vulture, and possibly Sharp-shinned Hawk.

  • Crested Caracara!
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Plain Chachalaca
  • Green Jay


September 30th - South Padre Island, TX

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  • Variegated Flycatcher!!!
  • Groove-billed Ani
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Tropical Kingbird
  • European Starling
  • Cloudless Sulphur (butterfly)
  • Black Witch (moth)


September 8th - South Padre Island, Route 48 Boat Ramp, TX

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  • Snowy Egret
  • Black-bellied Plover
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Sanderling
  • Least Tern
  • Common Gallinule
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Green Heron
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Brown Pelican


July 28th - Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville, TX

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  • Great Blue Heron
  • Sanderling
  • Black Tern
  • Least Tern
  • Willet


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