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!


Regan said...

Whatchamacallits are my favorite breed of bird.

Anonymous said...


They have those whatchamacallits up there? I thought they only had thingamajobbies that far north?


Anonymous said...


Nicole said...

"Whoop It Up" looks like such a fun trip! Glad you guys had fun!! They are pretty neat creatures, huh? Hi, Nico!

Wayne Sweet said...

Hi Tim, This is Wayne Sweet from Waterloo, IL. We met on the road between Leakey and Bandera Feb. 08. Glad to see that you guys are still out there putting on the miles. We are too, went to the Rockies in July. I started a new touring website, check it out when you can. I'd like to hear what you think about it.
Tell your buddies hi for us. We'll get back your way sometime.