Texas Bird Watching

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Padre Island is one of the best places in the world for bird watching. The island is 110 miles long, and 80 of those miles are completely uninhabited. At different times of year, you can view more than 350 species of birds. Bird lovers from all over the world visit Texas each year to see these gorgeous creatures.

Padre Island Pelicans and Rare Birds

One of the most unique and beautiful birds found on Padre Island is the white pelican. The white pelican has a wingspan of up to nine feet. It is known for its long beak, which it uses to scoop up as much as 20 liters of warm water and catch small fish. Avid bird watchers really enjoy seeing the white pelican in action.

The brown pelicans offer a different type of entertainment. People who root for the predators on National Geographic shows will love watching the brown pelicans dive into the water at full speed for their prey. These skillful hunters put the world's best fishermen to shame.

Padre Island is popular among so many species of birds because of its southern location and the abundance of fish in the local waters. During the wintertime, hawks patrol the sky, eying their next meals. Birds from as far north as Alaska migrate south for the winter and end up on this island. The birds like Padre Island for the same reasons people do. The weather is warm, and there are plenty of great fish to eat.

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