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Whooping Cranes (and others) in Port Aransas, TX, late this November- any tips? (1 Viewer)


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I'm heading down to Port A later this year to look for cranes, with a side dish of other coastal and wading birds. I get seasick, so will not be doing any boat tours. Can anyone recommend a good spot to see and photograph wading birds? Somewhere with nice walking paths would be ideal. I want to see the cranes, of course, but would also like to see snipe, bitterns, Boat-tailed Grackles, and pretty much anything else that's mostly or exclusively found in saltwater/brackish wetlands and the coast. I'm willing (though a bit reluctant) to take a short ferry ride if needed.

Also, any recommendations on birds I should be sure to look for? I have a fondness for funny-looking birds, ones with strange proportions like stilts and avocets. Must try to see a Long-billed Curlew, that one's practically the epitome of strange proportions. I'm scrolling through a list of INaturalist sightings in the area, and seeing that I might also want to look for some habitat-specific birds like Marsh and Sedge Wrens, rails, maybe a tern if I get lucky.

Any advice on general wetland birding? Do I just walk calmly, scan the reeds around the edge of the water, and keep an eye out for where birds land? I really want to see a bittern, I love their camouflage posture, but I get the feeling that's one that will be particularly hard to spot. Too bad they don't call at this time of year.
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