Sunday, January 13, 2008
Life on the Water
One of the nice things about living on the water is being able to enjoy the wonders of nature. Being awaken by the sounds of birds rather than the noise of traffic is wonderful. Although we are only a few miles from town, we are able to enjoy a quiet lifestyle.
I thought I would share some pictures of life on the Texas Gulf Coast. We've taken friends out for the day and Kristen is enjoying feeding the seagulls. I'm the one with the white blouse and windblown hair.
When the seagulls realize you have food they can become quite aggressive. They will even come close enough to take food from your hand. The wingspan is amazing on these beautiful birds!
Another interesting bird is the black skimmers. Back in the late 1960's a flock of skimmers decided to nest in one of the Dow Chemical Company parking lots. The company and it's employees roped off the area and allowed the birds to lay their eggs and raise their young.
Every year since then the flock migrates to the area in the Spring. What began as a flock of 38 birds has grown to more than 1500 (official record in 2003.) The company holds tours each year allowing visitors to see the nesting area.
The fascinating thing about the birds is the way they feed. We've been out in the boat late in the evening and been able to watch them as they skim the water for fish. It's my understanding they are the only birds who feed in this manner.
Although I'm not an avid birdwatcher I do enjoy seeing these beautiful creatures that God has created.
One last picture of a pelican standing on the beach. I guess he's waiting for the waves to wash up a tasty morsel at his feet.