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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pleasure Island Part 4





The fourth part of my series on Pleasure Island takes us to the North Levee. So far this area has been the least productive in my trips to Pleasure Island. Although it has not been as good as the other areas, it still provides plenty of opportunities to view and photograph nature. I suspect that part of the reason for it being less productive is that the levee road is surrounded by water on both sides with very little land to attract wildlife or grow plants. On the southeast side is Sabine Lake, where the road is protected by a rock barrier. You will see various shore birds walking on the rocks or floating on the lake.
View of Sabine Lake along north levee. 
Willets along the north levee of Pleasure Island
Willets along the north levee of Pleasure Island


Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron 
Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
The northwest side of the levee road is also bounded by water. There are narrow channels on either end of the road with a much wider area of water in the middle section. Unlike the lake side, the is a strip of land the can support a variety of plant life, including trees and shrub. In addition to shore and water birds this area should attract a variety other birds and wildlife that use the plants for food and shelter. Also this area should be of interest to those of us interested in wildflowers. I hope to have some photos of the wildflowers of this area in future post. For those interested in Texas wildflowers you can view some of my photos on my other blog and website at  http://wildflowersoftexas.blogspot.com/  and  http://www.wildflowersoftexas.com/
One of the channels on the northwest side of the levee road.
Large body of  water in the middle section of the levee road.

Northwest side of levee road. 

Great Egret standing in the road.
Great Egret standing in the road.

Great Egret
Great Egret
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser

Laughing Gulls
Laughing Gulls

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