Willow Waterhole does double duty as a nature preserve

Houston Chronicle | Lisa Gray

“You're in time for bird drama!” said Peggy Boston, a volunteer with the Houston Audubon Society, as I got out of the car at Willow Waterhole.

She pointed to her right, where a red-tailed hawk was screaming its head off, furious that two interlopers — a turkey vulture and a red-shouldered hawk — were circling its territory.

An avian standoff! It's the kind of drama you expect in a national park or on the Nature Channel. But we were in southwest Houston — just a little outside Loop 610, near Westbury High School, close to South Post Oak's unlovely stretch of industrial plants and bedraggled strip centers.

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