Sunrise on Roseate Spoonbills

The first morning sun highlighted the pink in these handsome birds. The Roseate Spoonbills often stand in a straight line like this when they are in small groups, sometimes with one outlier.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

They either weren’t hungry or there wasn’t much to eat because they got involved with personal grooming and looking around.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

An Eagle flew over and that might have distracted them.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills with a few ducks

There was still some fog in the air as a few of them lifted off and they disappeared into the mist.

Roseate Spoonbills
Roseate Spoonbills

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Secretive Sparrow

Secretive is a word that Cornell Lab’s AllAboutBirds uses to describe the behavior of many sparrows. The song birds often keep a layer of branches or undergrowth between them and a would be photographer.

Marsh Sparrow
Sparrow

Secretive as he was, zipping in and out of the reeds at the edge of the path along the edge of the old rice field, I did get a few good shots.

Marsh Sparrow
Marsh Sparrow

The yellow around his eye points to a Savannah Sparrow or a Swamp Sparrow. Or it could be one of the 30 other Sparrow variations listed on their website. On the Song Sparrow listing they say:

Don’t let the bewildering variety of regional differences this bird shows across North America deter you…

I am deterred from proper identification but not the photograph.

Marsh Sparrow
Marsh Sparrow

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Feeding Wood Stork Trio

Swish, swish, turn…repeat…back and forth the Wood Storks go when they find a good feeding spot.

Feeding Wood Storks
Feeding Wood Storks

They stir up the food with their beaks and sometimes use their wings to create shadows in the water so they can see what is moving.

Feeding Wood Storks
Feeding Wood Storks

This trio stuck together for quite awhile and whenever one was the odd man out he quickly rejoined the other two.

Feeding Wood Storks
Feeding Wood Storks

White Pelicans in Flight

I’ve tried to stop taking  bird in flight shots unless they are really close as I just end up disappointed and deleting them.

However, when this flock was coming, I took the shot. Lots of them actually.

White Pelican Flock
White Pelican Flock

We had seen a large number of these Pelicans as the sun was coming up. This was about an hour later and hundreds more passed over us in a few waves over several minutes.

White Pelican Flock
White Pelican Flock

In the next photo you can pick out a couple of Cormorants in the mix. I’m not sure if they were flying with the Pelicans or if the Pelicans passed them.

White Pelican Flock
White Pelican Flock

We were hoping the flock might land in a nearby pond, but they kept on moving at a pretty brisk pace.

White Pelican Flock
White Pelican Flock

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Foggy Sunrise

It was perfectly still as the sun was coming up with the fog just hanging in place. A single Great Blue Heron disturbed by our passing disappeared to the other side of the pond.

Foggy Sunrise
Foggy Sunrise

As it got a little brighter hundreds of Pelicans passed over us in undulating formations. No perfect Vs like the Canada Geese on the move for them: the general direction was south but the line weaved and occasionally a group swung around in a loop.

Foggy Sunrise
Foggy Sunrise

It was well worth getting up early to see this!

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American Avocets in Flight

A flock of American Avocets flew above us at the edge of a marsh. Their long upturned bill provides an easy identification.

American Avocet
American Avocet

They seemed undecided about choosing a landing spot or just moving on.

American Avocet
American Avocet

They started to drop down into an open area in the marsh…

American Avocet
American Avocet

…then changed their minds.

American Avocet
American Avocet

One more turn around and then they headed out of sight.

American Avocet
American Avocet

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