|The Majestic Vermillion Flycatcher perched in the South Texas splendor|
Festival Features More Private RanchesNature photography, kayaking events addedJanuary 17, 2011-- Have you ever seen a vermillion flycatcher catch a fly? How about the state bird of Texas, the mockingbird, in a dance to flush out insects? Or a crested Caracara swooping down on road kill? These are just a few of the beautiful creatures that can be seen in the field trips planned February 2-5, 2011 in and around Laredo!
Last year the Amazon Kingfisher spelled success with birders during the brief two-week sighting of this rare tropical beauty; now the Laredo Birding Festival, set for February 2-5, 2011 is a lasting endeavor in diversifying Laredo’s tourism infrastructure. “We welcomed birding and nature enthusiasts when they were here for the Amazon Kingfisher’s appearance last year and I am happy to welcome them back to Laredo,” stated Mayor Salinas, an avid supporter of the tourism industry. “I know that they will relish in Laredo’s warm hospitable attitude and the matching weather to go with it!”
The event opens with a free and public event to kick off Laredo’s third Birding event on Wednesday,February 2, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at this year’s host hotel, La Posada. Attendees will experience an opening reception presentation entitled Big birds, little birds, pretty birds, sneaky birds by nature photographer Larry Ditto (www.larryditto.com). This customized slide show will allow you to see the wide variety of birds in Texas and beyond, many of which will live in south Texas or migrate through each year. Some of these birds have quite unique characteristics and behavior, it will surprise you. Enjoy the images of whooping cranes, vultures, wrens, rails, kingfishers, ducks, green jays, orioles, parrots, warblers, buntings among many others.