These photos were taken at Brazoria NWR. Brazoria was one of the refuges that was damaged during Hurricane Ike. According to the sign at the closed visitor center, things were beginning to come back. The day I spent there, there seemed to be a nice variety of birds.
The next two photos show the "shaggy plumes"
A Northern harrier had just passed over, and this is the reaction it evoked
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