There's still daylight left as we finish up birding South Padre Island and so we have this crazy idea to try for a falcon. I'm all for this idea. I want very badly to see an Aplomado Falcon. It would be a lifer for me. We'd just seen a Peregrine Falcon hanging out on the water tower at the Sewage plant/Nature Center and a two falcon day is almost never a bad idea. I say almost never because I'm sure if I say "never" I will live to regret it on some future birding trip where truing to get a two (or three) falcon day results in someone losing an arm or a car bursting into flames.
With all of our limbs intact and our cars not in flames, we set off for Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Aplomado Falcons are known to be there and Curt and Erik had seen them there last year. Good enough for me. We retraced our travels and soon we were slow rolling down nearly deserted roads look for the falcon.
As the sun went down we were treated to another site. A coyote ran across the road down at the now closed entrance to the refuge.
|Okay, so a little hard to see but Paula in the foreground and the coyote in the distance. Click to enlarge if you are terribly interested in poor photos.|