Alligator Pond, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in South Texas. This tiny wetland, at perhaps two acres, comprises a minute fraction of the sprawling 45,000 acre refuge. The pond proves the old adage, add water and they will come. It was teeming with birds, including Least Grebe, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Common Moorhen, Blue-winged Teal, Tricolored Heron, American Coot, and more.
To me, these Lilliputian fowl were the crown jewels on a brief bird-filled two day foray in South Texas. But, I did see most of the other regional specialties, some of which are far gaudier than female Masked Ducks. I’ll share some of those other species soon.