This pair of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were out on the Brentwood Golf Course but flew off in the direction of our house. As we were walking home, I noticed they had taken to the safety of the top of neighbor's house. According to eBird reports, this is about as far north as they are see in our area. They are more commonly see at the Terrell Park Cattail Marsh.
This gal was pretty conspicuous as she walked across the sunflower petals -- from that, I assume he is pretty much at the top of the food chain in the sunflower petals realm. I'm thinking this is a green lynx spider -- and she has a venomous bite, though it's more painful than dangerous to humans.
One of the things I love to watch on Galveston Island is the pelicans flying in formation. They are taking advantage of aerodynamics to conserve energy -- getting a little lift from the pelican in front and a little to the side of them.
Their dawdling drift down the beach will put you in a mood to slow down and watch.