Monday, March 16, 2009

Whoop it up.

Amy and Niko and I took a trip to Rockport to see the Whooping Cranes. I think I have the names right, but please don't quote me to an ornithologist.

In front of our ride, the MV Skimmer.
 


Amy and a Common Egret.
 


Common Egret and Gull. Photo by Amy.
 



An Orange-Beaked whatchamacallit. (Update--it's an American Oystercatcher.)
 


A Belted Kingfisher. (Extra credit if you can name the bird in the background.)
 


A Great Blue Heron.
 


Niko and Whooping Crane (The white spot above his left shoulder.)
 


Close up of the Whooper.
 


Pelicans attacking?
 


Nope, just getting a closer look at us. Is it my imagination, or are they reminiscent of Heckle and Jeckle? Or Spy vs Spy?
 


Island full of nesting Great Blue Herons.
 


Bottlenose Dolphin checking us out.
 


We saw lots more Whoopers than I show here, and I highly recommend the trip!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Alaska Bound!

It's been too long since we've taken a "big" vacation (almost a year), and the hiatus is over!

We'll be visiting the 50th state this summer, and looking forward to another series of exciting travel blog entries (just hopefully not along the lines of, "Wow, that bear sure looks close.")

Tuesday, March 10, 2009