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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.
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia

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