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Borrego Springs, CA

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Getting anxious

Well, I’ve got three weeks to the day left here at Anahuac NWR, and my mind is turning toward moving on.  That means I’m perusing maps and trying to decide upon a route to Tamarac NWR in Minnesota.  Several other things have been coursing through my mind as well. 

_MG_9974Tonight’s pictures are from my trip on Tuesday to the High Island Rookery.  There are many paths in the Audubon area surrounding the rookery, and I think Lynn and I were about on all of them.  We seemed to wander around forever trying to find the rookery.  Because of some issues with my back, I can’t walk very far without resting, so it was a bit of a challenge.  We were also given some wrong directions by a well meaning person that just prolonged the journey.  The little warblers have started migrating through, so we did have things to look at.

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Eventually we just followed the noise of the rookery.  That noise reminds me of a pig farm with all the grunting going on.

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I posted pics of the spoonbills earlier, but there are other nesters there as well.  Mainly great egrets and cormorants.  It’s a busy place.  Tonight, I’ll focus on the egrets.

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                                                Lots of showboating going on!

One of the things I’ve been mulling over is an automatic satellite TV antenna.  At a reader’s suggestion, I checked out the Winegard solution.  Turns out my favorite RV repair place in Scott, LA, is also a trained Winegard installer.  I’ve sent them off an email.  If they can fix me up, that means I’ll make a 200 mile detour east to Billy Thibodeaux's Premiere RV before heading north.  That would also be the easiest way for me to get some needed routine maintenance done on the rig as well.  It would lengthen my trip some, but I’ve given myself almost three weeks to get to Minnesota.  (I want to be sure all the snow is gone! Winking smile)

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                                                                       Victory!!

It’s been a busy week with doing the training for the upcoming Environmental Education classes with the local school groups, and working the grand opening of the new VIS this Saturday.  The famous Anahuac NWR rail walks also started on Saturday.  It’s the busy season here.

Today was a simply gorgeous weather day, but about all I accomplished was the weekly laundry, a little grocery shopping, and a relaxing sit outside with Emma.  Today was the first time I’ve worn shorts since last September, I believe.  And perhaps you can guess what that means?  As I sat outside basking in the sun, I put my glasses on and gazed downward… the seasonal HLS is upon me again!  Guess I’d better get out the electric shaver tonight!  Disappointed smile

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I leave you tonight with a picture of something other than a bird.  Yes, the butterflies are beginning to return as well.  It’s been a long winter.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

37 comments:

  1. that darn HLS seems to rear it's ugly head at the same time every year!
    great 'showboating' photos!!

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  2. HLS was cured here about a month ago. As usual, your photos are great. I should have swiped your camera! And your knowledge.

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  3. Is it any wonder that wealthy ladies wanted those feathers for their fancy hats? But they do look so much more elegant on their original owner.

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  4. We love our Winegard Traveler. We use DirectTV. be sure to go through Winegard to get it set up it was SO easy when we did it.

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  5. I only shave my legs before an appointment with a doctor.

    I love the butterfly photo.

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  6. Great pics of the rookery. An automatic satellite dish would certainly make things easier for you - hope it works out.

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  7. I saw two eggrets soaring in the sky this afternoon. They we quite high up and seemed to be doing some air dancing. I asked someone what kind of birds they were. I was told eggrets are quite common here.

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  8. You would love the Winegard antenna. We had one on our MH, they are awesome. We use the tripod now, which we find easy, but that is almost a 2-person setup.

    Come on North.....snow isn't bad...Ha,Ha Ha Ha! Good thing is this time of year it only lasts for a day. The couple inches we got Saturday night melted Sunday. Misery loves company, I guess.... :-)

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  9. Gorgeous egret pictures, love the butterfly. Maybe we can catch you in MN. Hope so. Sure am sorry to muss you there.

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  10. Beautiful egrets! Also, nice close-up of the butterfly dining on a small allium.

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  11. Don't toss our your old dish. Sometimes you can get under a tree and still need to use it.

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  12. What beautiful photos of the egrets.

    We have the Winegard Traveler and love it. Push the button and it finds the satellite. I was hesitating to buy it but Al insisted (since he was the one that always had to find the satellites) and now I remark every time we set up how glad I am he insisted we bought it!

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  13. Our dear daughter-in-law when she started chemo was so funny--"I lost all my hair and I do mean ALL my hair, I don't even have to shave my legs." When a different kind of chemo was used and her hair began to come back she was pissed--"now I have to shave my legs again!"

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  14. Love the egret pictures...those feathers are beautiful. The rookery has changed since I have been there!!!

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  15. Like how the slower shutter speed flared & blurred the Egret's wings. Great photos. I know about that word 'anxious.'

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  16. I'm anxious to roll also. . .we will be in Minnesota at some point this summer. . .surely do hope to make your acquaintance. . .safe travels!

    Janice
    ReadyToGoFullTimeRVing.blogspot.com

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  17. Thanks for the updates, my wife is going on the Rail walk April 20th. Make sure you tell them what kind of satellite service you have. They can set the dish to that service. I have problems under trees with mine, so have to jiggle around to find an opening.

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  18. If I understand this right, a bad hair day gets results of finding a lover. So you need to be careful with that HLS... :cD

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  19. haa.. took me a minute... ah yes... HLS ... did a post not long ago about that myself... beautiful feathers and LOVE the butterfly

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  20. Don't come up here yet. The rain is reducing the piles of snow the plows built up but we are still getting some fresh stuff. But we've now had two days of warm in a row so Spring is headed here eventually.

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  21. Love those Egret lovebirds....fabulous photos! and all those bird in that Rookery were amazing. We came home to a snow pile in front of our camper pad, so we left the Hiker in the driveway for a couple days...It is gone finally and we moved it onto the pad yesterday...There was lots of snow still in the road banks all they way up I-39 in Illinois...I think the Winegard is a winning idea!!

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  22. Fabulous Photos! I wouldn't be in a hurry to get to MN. It snowed last night. :(

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  23. I love egrets, too - the photos are spectacular. I don't see many butterflies anymore. They were all over when I was a kid. Whenever I see one, I always try to get a photo, but I'm seldom successful. Your photo is perfect, the butterfly, hanging on the flowers, and the blurred background. Really nice. :)

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  24. You take the most amazing photos.

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  25. You say, "victory," so I'll believe you, but ... those two are so mixed up w/ each other, it's barely possible to tell. :- )

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  26. High Island Rookery is an amazing place, love the photos you shots, thos birds and butterfly are amazing they are gorgeous!
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  27. Love the pictures today, just beautiful.

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  28. great pictures. i hope i con go there too. and take a lots of pictures. :D its so amazing


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