Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rollover Pass

The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail - Upper Texas Coast

My visit to Rollover Pass, a man-made channel across Bolivar Peninsula, was not planned.  Enroute to Yacht Basin Road, I needed a pit stop.  I noticed a large group of brown pelicans and a couple of double-crested cormorants roosting on pilings.      

I moved closer and saw there were large numbers of pelicans, gulls, and terns in the surf.  They appeared to be feeding.
Tens of thousands of shore birds are supposed to gather here at low tide, and I was going to wait and visit then.  I was surprised to find so much activity here on a cold, windy, rainy day.   

I think this is going to be one of those spots I can visit over and over, finding something different each time.

The original intent of this blog was to visit each site and post only once.  I might have to reconsider.  There very well may be some that are worthy of multiple posts.

Date of visit:  2/2/2014
Time:  Midday
Temp:  50 F
Conditions:  Overcast, windy, periods of rain.
Species identified (5):  Brown Pelican, Laughing Gull, Double-crested Cormorant, Forster's Tern, Willet

I'm linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday.  Visit to see more beautiful birds.


  1. Looks like there was a shoal of fish in the water - its always great to see one of these feeding frenzies!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  2. when there's lots to see and share, keep 'em coming!

    love the brown pelicans! love their colors.

  3. I love your close-ups of the pelican (our State Bird). :) Their little blonde heads are so sweet.

  4. I'm sure you will find different photos each time you visit! I like the variety of birds in each shot.

  5. Great photos! I would enjoy visiting this place very much. Thank you for visiting my blog and identifying the cormorant, very much appreciated :)

  6. The pelican photo is fantastamarvelicious!

  7. The pelicans and seagulls remind me of home (California). When I lived in Texas I saw seagulls but never pelicans.

  8. One of my dreams is to someday see a pelican. ;)

  9. Wonderful shots of the Pelicans.

  10. Beautiful photos... Unfortunately such a big sea and coast we don't have in our country... I would like to visiting such place as well...

  11. Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE Pelicans! A bird I don't get too see very often.

  12. Oh yes please - multiple posts - oh how I love the pelicans.