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An alligator swims with a flower dangling from its mouth.A purple gallinule like those spotted in Brazos Bend State Park

Exploring Nature with Jerry Hall: More than just birds in Brazos

I recently went birding at Brazos Bend State Park, which, as the name indicates, is located at a bend in the Brazos River, some 28 miles southwest of Houston. I encountered an alligator.  There were very few birds.  I was soaked by a surprise morning shower. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
The alligator was a baby which was showed off by a park guide who held the snout tightly closed while letting me rub its surprisingly soft belly.
While there were only about a dozen birds spotted, many were neat specimens. In addition to white ibis, cattle egret and roseate spoonbill, I particularly liked seeing two purple gallinules with their baby chicks and a wood stork perched atop a snag. The wood stork is our only native stork.


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