Brown Pelicans in Flight

Watching Brown Pelicans fly can be memorizing. They often glide in small groups along the shore line, gracefully and with what looks like little effort.

Brown Pelicans in Flight
Brown Pelicans in Flight

And with some secret signal they turn in unison.

Brown Pelicans in Flight
Brown Pelicans in Flight

These were taken at the end of the day and there wasn’t much light. This last Pelican was by himself and went right over my head, and yes I wear a hat.

Brown Pelicans in Flight
Brown Pelicans in Flight

Female Red-winged Blackbird

This branch is part of a dead tree that has fallen over the edge of a pond. Various birds find it a great place to survey the area, including this female Red-winged Blackbird.

Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird

In wondered if it was a juvenile as she was having trouble keeping her balance.

Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird

And fluffed up a bit like a young bird does.

Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird

Then she announced to the world she had a grip and immediately flew off.

Female Red-winged Blackbird
Female Red-winged Blackbird

Striped Wing Dragonfly

The combination of the sun light and the distance from the perches to the background shows off this dragonfly’s striped wings quite nicely.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

I don’t remember seeing this type of dragonfly before; but recognize the “return to the same spot” behavior I’ve seen in others.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

He left and re-lit on this grain stalk multiple times while I watched.

Dragonfly
Dragonfly

5/19/2019 Mepkin Abbey

Little Blue Heron

It’s nice to have a breeze around the pond but sometimes it blows low hanging branches into your shot. I still liked the pose and colors of this Little Blue Heron.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

I was able to move a few steps for a different angle, however the bird was on the move.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

He paused for a quick look around.

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

See ya later!

Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron

Barred Owl in Bamboo

This stand of Bamboo is drooping over a small pond making a perch for a Barred Owl to watch the water for food. After much waiting he dropped down and snatched a crayfish, action I did not capture.

Barred Owl in Bamboo
Barred Owl in Bamboo – click image for larger view

When there is a little breeze these hollow Bamboo stalks make pleasing percussion sounds, and occasionally cause a concentrating photographer jump.