A Year on Clear Lake-Aug 17, 2013

Cool, Cool Water–August 17, 2013

Tourists aren’t the only ones who enjoy Kemah–the seagulls do, too!–at  least when it comes to getting a nice sip of cool water. We had an out of town guest this weekend, and so visited the Kemah Boardwalk, and the Aquarium Restaurant today. It was a busy day with a lot of boat traffic into and out of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay. The Boardwalk was busy, too, with lots of visitors.

The huge difference between Kemah and the peninsula was striking. It is two completely different worlds: one real, and one not so real. There’s no mystery where you are likely to find me.

Yesterday I promised a video that would amaze. Take a moment to watch this yellow-crowned night heron eat his “snack.” It’s probably a crab but it’s difficult to tell at this point. The video is approximately a minute and a half.  YCNH eating

Birds don’t have teeth. They don’t chew their food. They break it into smaller pieces, and then swallow it. Once swallowed, it moves down the esophagus and into the “crop,” which stores excess food so the bird can digest it more slowly. The food then travels into the first part of the stomach where it is softened with digestive juices and acid. It next travels to the gizzard, which grinds the food into smaller particles with the assistance of small stones or pebbles the bird has ingested. Next up is the small intestine and finally the large intestine, which is short for most birds.

It’s seems complicated, but it works like a charm. Amazing.

Green Thought: “Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy”  Isaac Newton