Quintana and the trip to Los Fresnos

April 8th we woke up, packed up, and departed the wonderful Hampton Inn in Lake Jackson, near Brazoria. We hit the Brew and Bake, the areas only good coffee cafe and got a… Continue reading


April 6th we arrived in Texas and had our first GLORIOUS meal of the trip. We ate at Table 24 (formerly Cafe Annice) in Lake Jackson, TX with my “brother” Scott and his… Continue reading

Dauphin Island 4/5

Our first whole day of birding was on Dauphin Island on April 5th after bad storms with baseball sized hail rained down on the Gulf. This led to a small fall out of… Continue reading

Welcome to Texas

The Orange Texas welcome center off rt10 was an excellent stop, it broke up the pretty boring drive on rt 10 through lots of flat land and rice fields. The center is a… Continue reading


Thank you Uncle David and the great staff at the eatery of gorgeous Spring Hill College. What a wonderful campus, really made me long to teach at a rolling hillside scenic campus. Wow… Continue reading


Here I am shootin’ birds. Nikon D300, 600mm lens, 900 SB Flash, flash battery pack, Wimberley gimbal head, flash bracket, low profile lens foot, Gitzo tripod. Half the battle in bird photography is… Continue reading

Long Glorious Day

Such a long wonderful day filled with amazing birds and great people. No long update tonight. I’ve gotta hit the sack. Dreaming of good coffee and a good meal tomorrow morning,something this trip… Continue reading

Dauphin Island Intro

Our first 2 birds on the way into Dauphin Island were a Swallow-tailed Kite and Brown Pelicans. We arrived on gorgeous Dauphin Island, AL around 5:30pm local time, 1 hr behind PA. This… Continue reading

Rainy Travels

Rainy Travels this morning but the thought of birding Dauphin Island tomorrow after storms is keeping me going. AD at the wheel, seems he is our morning driver. Tried out my HDR app… Continue reading

Life List

The Shanks/Bentz bird life list is currently at 156. This includes only birds we have both seen, and not some of the “imaginative” species (like a Yellow-bellied Cocksucker) that visitors often leave in… Continue reading