We ride a ferry (just like this one) from Galveston to the Bolivar Peninsula.
This Brown Pelican poses prettily as we depart.
Lots of porpoises among the ships today. Here is a cozy couple.
.. and another lone porpoise.
This one eyes us from water level.
Gulls, Cormorants, and Pelicans swarm a returning shrimpboat.
The birds clamor for scraps.
The Stolt tanker, Quetzal, is stately as it sails up to the refineries northwest of us.
.. the 12,000 ton Quetzal continues on its way.
We reach Bolivar after a 2-1/2-mile ride. The Bolivar Lighthouse greets us.
The Bolivar Light is inactive. Its last lamp sits idle.
A flurry of Roseatte Spoonbills flies past the Light
They're dramatic and beautiful in flight ...
... with faces that only a mother could love.
Here's a Little Blue Heron by the swamp.
... You know its a juvenile because it still has some white coloration.
The Intracoastal Waterway runs up the west side of Bolivar Peninsula. Here two large barges pass in opposite directions.
... we see both of their push-boats as they go their separate ways.
The Waterway is about 800 feet across. Service vessels, like these two Offshore Supply Boats, are moored, here and there, along its sides.
Marshy ponds, rife with birds, dot the land on either side of the Inland Waterway.
A pair of Glossy Ibis fly past us.
The White Ibis is a particularly dramatic bird.
Another pond: Black-Necked Stilts in this one. They walk about in shallow water.
.. so graceful.
Invert the Black-Necked Stilts coloration and you get -- ta da -- This!
A tree vine blossom.
This Snowy Egret appears to be commanding a squad of Black-Necked Stilts.