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Stretching His Wings
Roseatte Spoonbill at
Wintering at the ANWR
Reddish Egret at the Rookery Island
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THE FALL/WINTER MIGRATION SEASON - 2013
Fall is in the air! And, so are the
migratory birds! The Fall Migration is in full swing. It is a wonderful time for
birding in the Rockport/Fulton area.
The Whooping Cranes on their way to
Texas. Take a boat ride to the Aransas Wildlife Refuge to see them catching and
eating Blue Crabs. The fat from the crabs gives them the energy they need to
make the long journey home to their summer nesting ground.
There are many ways to see the Whooping Cranes and the migratory birds.
One if by land; Two if by sea.
IF BY LAND
Goose Island State Park.
offers wonderful bird walks You may get to see a Painted Punting. Also some
Whooping Cranes “hang out” there. A short drive and Ferry ride will take you to
Port Aransas. The birding center there will provide you with some amazing
birding opportunities. Check them out at
www.portaransas.org/play/birding . A thirty minute drive
north of Rockport on Highway 35 will take you to the Aransas Wildlife Refuge.
They can be found at
You will see all kinds of wildlife on a tour of the refuge….
Everything from Alligators to Whooping Cranes.
IF BY SEA
Take a trip on the water to tour the
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) by boat,
Three local tour boats leave out of
Rockport, Fulton or Lamar and you will get close enough to see the Cranes
gobbling up their favorite meal. It will be mating time when they return to
Canada. From the boats there is a really good chance of witnessing some courting
behavior. The mating dance is spectacular as they jump high into the air, trying
to impress a potential mate or their lifelong soul mate.
As you travel by water be sure to keep
an eye out for the White Pelicans as they Kettle, (soaring high in to the air in
large circular patterns) searching for that “magic carpet of air” that will
carry them north as they begin their migration.
From the boats, The Skimmer and
Jack Flash you also will have a chance to visit Rookery Islands. These
islands are home to several species of migratory nesting birds . You will see
the Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Reddish Egrets with the White Morph Reddish
by their side, everyone’s favorite, the Roseate Spoonbill. Night herons, Snowy
Egrets, and White Ibis. On a couple of the islands you will have a chance to see
Oyster Catchers with their new chicks.
The rookery trips last into early
summer and give visitors an opportunity to see the entire cycle of nesting! You
can see the birds now as they build nests and court their mates. Come back in a
few weeks and see the new chicks soon after they hatch. Come in early summer and
see them as they learn to fly and forage for themselves. You are up close and
As summer approaches you will be
treated to other Rookeries that have Tern, Gulls, Tri -Colored Herons and Little
Blue Herons., and Brown Pelicans. Traveling by boat into ANWR is truly a magical
experience that will leave you with a lifetime of memories. For avid
birders you will add to your “life list” on every trip. For photographers you
will get the chance to get those “once in a lifetime” shots that you search for
on every outing.
ROCKPORT BEACH PARK
The Rockport Beach Park is a
delightful venue to see a nesting colony of Black Skimmers, a really unusual
looking bird. Take a drive around Little Bay and view all the wading and shore
birds as they forage for food in the shallow waters.
FULTON BEACH ROAD
Fulton Beach Road offers fine dining
at a number of delicious restaurants - day and night! It also allows you to
watch the pelicans as they skim the tops of the waves. They make it look like
fun. Stop by the boat ramps and watch as the fisherman clean their catch. The
pelicans will be there to devour all that is offered to them. This makes for
some fantastic photography. And, a migratory group of white pelicans may be in
temporary residence at “Pelican Point” by the Fulton Beach Convention Center,
otherwise known as “Paws and Taws”.
DOWNTOWN ROCKPORT “BIRDING”
A birding trip to Rockport would not
be complete without a trip to S. Austin Street which is located in the 450 acre
Heritage District. Downtown has been undergoing revitalization and is a great
walkable and bike-able community. For birding enthusiasts, there are three stops
that are mandatory! You can visit the Studios of Diane Loyd, Salt Flats
www.saltflatsphotography.com. Diane is an amazing photographer and
accomplished scuba diver with fantastic images taken on land as well as under
the water. Diane and her mother, Dovie, co-owns the shop, 4 The Birds -
Rockport’s best source for ALL your birding information! Dovie paints amazingly
beautiful birds (and fish) on hats, T-Shirts, jackets! It’s called “Wearable
Art by Dovie”. At 86, she’s still going strong. In addition, there are loads
of books on birding, plus ornaments, kites, flags. You want birds? Well, here
Next, stop by John Martell’s studio at
302 S. Austin Street at “Merchants Square”. John is a local award winning
photographer. He is expanding his space into a Gallery of his images. Plan to
walk through slowly. He is usually there and will be glad to share his
stories. If you are interested in adding to photography skills, John also holds
workshops to help you get the most from your camera gear.
Finally, Ruben Aiken’s Sazon Gallery
and Studio at 114 S. Austin Street is an experience..
www.sazonandthewhoopingcranes.com Ruben offers one of a kind
jewelry he hand crafts himself. He is particularly noted for his “soul mate”
rings which feature gemstones and engraved whooping cranes. Ruben is a Whooping
Crane enthusiast, or as we local Whooping Crane lovers are called, a Craniac.
(Author’s note: Each of these three studio/galleries has
been profiled in issues of Texas NOW a “Coastal Bend magazine” offering a
“unity of communities”; as has The Jack Flash charter boat. Go to
and see the issues on these studios and charter).
When you need a rest from all this
“walk-able birding activity”, Rockport, like Fulton, offers superb cafes and
restaurants. Stop in at Crazy Rusty’s Tropical Bar and Grill for excellent
soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches. Or Cindy’s Sweet Tabu, where “Asian
Cajun Fusion” takes first place: fried oysters that melt in your mouth,
Mongolian spare ribs that fall off the bone and much more. Or The Daily Grind,
the local “coffee house” next to John Martell’s studio in Merchants Square.
A birding trip to Rockport should be on every birders bucket list. Rockport has
everything you need for a memorable birding journey. We have lodging available
for every budget. The Restaurants cater to every taste. Bring your families.
There is something here for everyone. Our beach is perfect for small children.
There is the Maritime Museum
Go by the Aquarium
And don’t forget to visit the Rockport Center for the Arts!
The Bay Education Center’s exhibits and shows showcase the water and estuaries
in the area; it is right next to the Blue Wave Beach. It opens at 1pm and has
shows at 2pm and 3pm (Tuesdays through Saturday) which focus on “SOS” Science on
a Sphere. A must see for all families.
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Captain Kevin Sims for your next Birding and
Whooping Crane Tour!
Aransas Bay Birding Charters
361-790-3746 TPWD Certified/USCG Coast Guard
The best way to view Whooping
Cranes, Sunsets, and Wildlife is by Boat!
I offer a private tour for your group only. You will travel to areas
inaccessible to larger group boats. Get there earlier, get closer and stay as
long as you like. Our tour takes a minimum of four hours. We generally stay out
six hours and have stayed a long as eight hours.
Birding by Boat ~ Trips to see Whooping Cranes ~ Birding & Photography Tours
Photos are the property of Capt. Kevin Sims. Copying
of any is subject to penalty by law.