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Monday, October 31, 2011

A Bit of Fall Color

I never get tired of seeing the striking, graceful Scissor-Tailed Flycatchers with their long tails.

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It is always a pleasure to see  a Canada Warbler with its yellow throat, yellow breast and contrasting black necklace. Are these guys cute or what?

Who was this Pewee trying to impress with his crest up?

A handsome Northern Parula.

This nervous male American Redstart was kind enough to pause for a picture.

A female American Redstart with her signature yellow tail.

This striking male Painted Bunting was amazing in its fall colorful plumage.

This female Painted Bunting was close by with her brilliant yellowish-greem plumage.

A handsome Clay Colored Sparrow paused for its picture.

How do you like the expression of this Black Throated Green Warbler?

This male Vermillion Flycatcher is not in its mature adult plumage but is nonetheless a good-looking bird.

This Ovenbird found a bit of water and decided to bathe.

The Olive-Sided Flycatcher is always a pleasure to see.

A Least Flycatcher sitting on a limb watching for his next meal to fly by.

A Seaside Sparrow clinging to some reeds.

This Oriole flew down and plucked this bug right from the ground.

This brilliant orange Baltimore Oriole was hard to miss perched on a limb in the woodlot.

This vusually stimulating metallic Roseate Skimmer with his glowing pink neon tail was a first for me.

The smallest of the falcons, the colorful American Kestrel is a welcome sight unless you are a grasshopper, lizard, mice or small bird.

An up close and personal pic of a cooperative Willet.

Left=click and check out the antennae on this guy.

While driving west on Hwy 82  just past Holly Beach there was a Dolphin in the water practically on the beach. It paralleled the beach for a short distance then moved out to deeper water. I've never seen a Dolphin this close to the beach and was glad to get a picture to share.

It reminded me of the scene where Killer Whales charge the beach, grab a basking seal and belly-flop back into the water. I suppose the Dolphins are not aware of this behavior and the Laughing Gulls sitting at beach's edge feel they are safe. :)

The Sabine Pass Lighthouse situated in SW Louisiana on the Sabine River has stood the test of time since it went into use in 1857.

Six years later on September 8, 1863,approximately 5,000 Union soldiers sailed up the Sabine River to take control of the river and Sabine City. Fort Griffin, a small earthwork fort practically in the shadows of the Sabine Lighthouse, was designed to defend the city. The Union fired cannons from their ships on Fort Griffin from afar. The Confederate soldiers were out of sight and did not return fire as the Union ships were out of their range. Due to this lack of return fire and seeing no Confederate soldiers, the Union assumed the fort was abandoned. They advanced upriver not knowing Confederate soldiers were laying low and waiting for them to come closer. Once in range the 44 Confederate soldiers took on the 5,000 Union soldiers in their ships. The brave and determined handful of Confederate soldiers fired fiercely upon the Union ships with precise accuracy shouting,"Victory or Death" as cannonballs struck closeby. After only 45 minutes the smoke cleared and the Confederates were victorious. The Union lost 28 soldiers, with 78 wounded and 315 captured. The Confederates did not lose a single man.

Notice the Gull flying to the left of the  Lighthouse. :)

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