If you live in the Houston area and want to photograph large birds, your best bet is to either go to Brazos Bend State Park or the Houston Audubon’s bird sanctuaries in High Island. I have gone to Brazos Bend a few times, so this time I decided to try out High Island and take advantage of their open house. After a Brief visit to the boy Scout Woods Sanctuary, I made my way to the Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary since they have more of what I like to photograph.
On the way between the two locations, I saw this fancy bird house in front of the St. Mathews Methodist Church and could not resist taking a few pictures of it.
Speaking of the Cormorants, they are actually very handsome birds with green eyes, but given their dark feathers, a pain to photograph much the way a black cat or dog is difficult.
The stars of the show however are the Roseate Spoonbills, at least to me.
I’ve seen one or two of them in the past but this place is full of them!
Not to be outdone, the Great Egrets also live among the other birds in force and in harmony. I didn’t see many Snowy Egrets, but Great Egrets are also beautiful.
During this visit, they were just beginning to build their nests
This couple remind me of a young married couple. One of them brought back a stick and the other one grabbed it and it looks like they were arguing about how to install it. “Just call a handyman dear, you suck at this”.
Overall, this is a great bird sanctuary to visit and well worth the long drive. Just bring lots of water and bug spray along with a printed map as you likely won’t have any data on your phone.