I like to start each new year with a day of birding. For the past several years, it has been our family tradition to visit Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge on New Year's Day - or as close to New Year's Day as we can manage. This year, we decided to stay a bit closer to home with a trip to Katy Prairie and particularly to Paul D. Rushing Park on the prairie.
Hubby and I had planned to go on New Year's Day, but a minor household emergency caused us to postpone the trip. We finally managed to get out there yesterday and spent a good part of the day looking for birds. It was a fairly successful adventure. The photography was a bit less successful.
Most of our time was spent at Rushing Park, which is a marvelous facility. If you live anywhere in the area and have not visited the park to see its birds, you really should make the effort to do so this year. You will be well-rewarded.
While following the Chain of Lakes around the park, we took over 200 photographs, but most of them, frankly, were crap. We had the bright early morning and mid-morning sun in our eyes everywhere we walked and it was hard to get a good angle on the birds with our cameras. Here are some of our better efforts.
After several hours on the prairie on a cold, cold but brilliantly sunny winter day, we decided to call it quits even though I hadn't seen all the birds that I had hoped to see. It was a good start and there will be other days of birding. Maybe even a trip to Anahuac sometime soon.