A few pictures of the @HoustonAudubon Bird Sanctuary in High Island

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.

Deluxe Birdhouses!Once I got to the sanctuary and found Heron Island, I was greeted by a sea of Roseate Spoonbills, Egrets, and Double Crested Cormorant birds among others. It’s quite a sight. Reflection of Roseate Spoonbills and Egrets

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.

Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

double Crested Cormorant

The stars of the show however are the Roseate Spoonbills, at least to me.

Roseate Spoonbill

I’ve seen one or two of them in the past but this place is full of them!

Roseate SpoonbillRoseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill flying

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.

Great Egret posing for portrait

Great Egret flying by a Snowy Egret

During this visit, they were just beginning to build their nests

Great Egret Carrying nesting material

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”.
Nesting Great Egrets and Roseate Spoonbills

Great Egret nesting

These birds are pretty much organic airplanes. Once they take off, they are graceful but landing and takeoffs can be a little rough.
Great Egret flying

Great Egret flying

Great Egret flying

Heron Island

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.


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