March is usually the beginning of the mating season for a lot of North American wading birds and one of the best locations in the area to photograph nesting sites is Smith Oaks Rookery, just north of Bolivar Peninsula. Smith Oaks is known mostly for the population of Roseate Spoonbills and various types of egrets that nest on the islands in the lake. This year was another late year for nesting and most birds were still constructing their nests and only a few of the spoonbills and cormorants had chicks already. There is one island right now which servers as the main nesting sight, but the Houston Audobon Society is working to create more islands in the lake. They have already dredged out the area between the shore and the island and began bringing in soil to build up new ones. Apparently raccoons and opossums were swimming across the water to eat the eggs and harassing the birds. The wider and deeper water is supposed to deter them from swimming across and so far according to the Audobon Society it seems to be working (I blame the alligators).
I'm going to end this post with a gallery of some miscellaneous animals. I'm going to list out the species below: