Today we are visiting The Port Aransas Nature Preserve which encompasses 1,217 acres in an area formerly known as Charlie’s Pasture. The area was named after early resident Charlie Bujan who allowed the locals to graze their cattle on his property. The Port Aransas Nature Preserve includes nearly 3 miles of crushed granite hike and bike trails and boardwalks over the algal flats. Amenities include the pavilion, sheltered overlooks, picnic tables and restrooms.
Birders look for waterfowl (Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Cinnamon Teal), grebes (Least included), heron and egrets, cormorants, shorebirds (such as Black-necked Stilt), and flaming pink Roseate Spoonbills.
So here is a view of Charlie’s Pasture. Hope you like it.
A long view of the pavilion.
Information about the preserve is on the post.
A view looking back from the information post. Notice the Farley boat and retired oil derricks.
Closer view of the pavilion with water behind.
Swallow nest in the rafter of the pavilion
A view of one of the hiking trails from the pavilion
Closer shot of the warning sign. Yes, snakes are here. Best to wear boots.
Shot of the water located on the hiking trail
Going to the Charlie Fishing pier. Notice the receptacle for old fishing line.
A little closer view of the four oil derricks on Harbor Island. For those who have seen my Views posts before, the ferries (Which I have pictured often) Run to Harbor Island from Port Aransas and land to the right of the derricks. A sign regarding wakes reminds us that large freighters move through the Corpus Christi Channel.
A look back toward the shore from the fishing pier. Notice the houses in the background. They are permanent residences.
A shot of a fisherman and the Corpus Christi Channel channel.
A photo from the pier by the fisherman. This is looking North West. Charlie’s pasture is on the left.