I rolled into Brazos Bend State Park just before Halloween. I had struggled with the decision, wondering whether it was worth stopping in just to see a few more alligators, which the park is known for. I decided to visit for a couple hours, take a short loop hike and check out the ‘gators, than head north. Instead, I wound up staying all afternoon, overnight, and half of the next day… and discovered how cool waterfowl could be!
They say that pictures are worth a thousand words, so I’ll just limit the narrative here to captions:
Trees overhanging the trail
Swamp cedar roots sprouting from the muck
The alligator really was this close… and this big! But it wasn’t moving too quickly…
Fulvous Tree Duck – these were not only funny-looking but funny-sounding too, as they called to their flock of chicks!
Black-crowned Night Heron
Ibis, Egrets, and Louisiana Herons
Common Moorhen (Gallinule)
The whitetails down in Texas are naturally much smaller than our big bucks up north!