On Friday we had a planned spare day in Houston after spending the week onsite with a client. It was the 3-year anniversary of our meeting for the first time at TechEd US 2006 so we decided to go on a road trip! We headed down to the Gulf Coast and along the Bolivar Pensinsula, then across the ferry to Galveston and back up to Houston, stopping at the Hard Rock Cafe (my 12th) for dinner.
The birdwatching was just stunning. We went to the Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary (one of seven in the area owned by the Houston Audubon Society). It's home to a huge colony of Roseate Spoonbills, various Egrets, and Anhingas (look like Cormorants). Then we headed along the coast, being amazed by the damage from Hurricane Ike – gas stations, houses, and grocery stores reduced to concrete pads, and then hit Port Bolivar to take in some of the sloughs and marshes around there.
I've posted a bunch of stunning bird photos on my Facebook page – here's an example, a Great Egret with chicks – check them out on Facebook here (no login required).