Sunday, March 8, 2015

Stephen F Austin Pics

Moved to Huntsville State Park today and leave here Wednesday for Lake Livingston SP!  Like I mentioned before.... Texas park hopping right now;)

Stephen F. Austin SP was also a nice place with nice sites and trails.  Nothing like Brazos Bend though, that place will be hard to beat!  With only 6 miles of trails we had to go outside the park for more walking and there was a historic site not far from the park that fit the bill so we walked over to the San Felipe de Austin Historic Site yesterday and got a bit more Texas history.

We did see some wildlife at the park, however, and were thrilled with what we saw!

Flickers were everywhere

Brazos River from a view point on one of the trails
 This was a new owl for me.  He sure is pretty!  This is a Barred Owl
Barred Owl

a baby bunny under a bush

opossum!

always fun to watch the squirrels!!
 This beautiful Red Shouldered Hawk landed just outside our site and we watched him for some time in the late afternoon sun:)
Red Shoulder Hawk




 We were told this very active little rodent digging holes around the historic site is a Prairie Gopher

Flicker
 It was awesome to watch these two Pileated Woodpeckers going at it!  This was the first time I have been able to get this close to this bird.
Pileated Woodpeckers


2 comments:

  1. A barred owl, very cool! Love the pileated shots too! It's amazing how many red shouldered hawks there are in TX.

    It sure is hard to take photos of the landscape here due to the heavy brush on all the trails! I do miss the openess of AZ and UT.

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  2. The red shouldered hawks are almost as common as the cardinals;)

    I am partial to wide open spaces myself:) Trying to track down a bird in all these trees is hard!!;)

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