PURPLE MARTINS - AUSTIN, TEXAS
…the wildlife of the state still flourishes wherever civilization permits.
—Texas, A Guide To the Lone Star State (WPA, 194)
Every summer, the Highland Mall parking lot in Austin, TX hosts a horde of purple martins. Thousands of these aerial insectivores (which, to my great dismay and despite claims to the contrary, do not ingest prodigious amounts of mosquitoes) come together each evening to roost in a stand of live oak trees. Before settling down for the night, clouds of birds circle against the sunset, creating an unforgettable show for the small crowd of bird watchers gathered to view the spectacle.
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Brenna Brock wasn’t born in Austin, but she got there as quick as she could. Follow her on Tumblr at Mister Cake’s Photo Adventures.
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