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Brazos Bend State Park

September 13, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Finally made it down to BBSP over Labor Day weekend. Stayed at the La Quinta in Rosenberg. No real complaints. Lady at the desk was super nice and even gave us an ethernet cable if the wireless didn’t work. I wouldn’t recommend the 1st floor though. The breakfast area can be somewhat loud in the morning (at least the waffle maker), and we had a handful of bugs wander in through the window on the first night. They seemed attracted to the light. It’s only about 20-30 minutes to the park from there.

We got a couple of hours of shooting in after we got there before dark. Mostly wandering around Creekfield Lake, which actually turned out to be really nice.

Michele, Arlene, and their SO’s met us out there after dark to visit The George Observatory, which just happens to be open on Saturday nights :) The skies cleared up and we had a new moon; perfect for observing. I would guess there were more than 100 people out there, some brought their own telescopes (BIG ones). I would definitely recommend it. There is alot of light pollution coming in from Houston, but it was still possible to see the Milky Way. In fact, we even got some photos of it from the parking lot. Not the most ideal location, but we were in a rush.

Speaking of rush, Hurricane Gustav was bearing on us. Wasn’t sure if it would turn towards Houston or now, but we lucked out.

We got a late start Sunday morning, but eventually made it out. Walked around Elm Lake and 40-Acre Lake. The first thing we heard was alligators roaring or whatever they do. Everytime we saw a gator though, it was quietly submerged. :P Will have to get out earlier next time.

So, saw lots of birds some I didn’t know about, as usual. Most of them were fairly far from the shore though, so while 300mm will work, 400+ is much better. There’s also a ton of glare from the water, so I think I polarizer would really help (don’t have one yet).

The list:

  • Common Moorhen
  • Great Egret
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Yellow-crowned Night Heron
  • Deer!
  • Green Heron
  • Anhinga
  • Black-bellied Whistling Duck
  • White Ibis
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Cormorant (Neotropic, I think)
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Unknown hawk flyover

So, not too bad, but I had expected more. Photos in their respective galleries.

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