Category Archives: Water Birds

Cormorant Take Off

A Double-crested Cormorant was standing on a post, flapping his wings, which of course got my attention.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

He dropped down as if he was going to spend some time in the water but then went into take off mode.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

His splashes reminded me of a skipping stone.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Finally airborne, he disappeared down the canal.

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
March 9. 2020

American Avocets

I had to peek between the tall reeds around the pond  to get a limited view but it was still fun to watch these American Avocets feed.

American Avocets
American Avocets

Most of what they eat is very small so they have to spend a lot of time at it, methodically working back and forth.

American Avocets
American Avocets

These two made a striking sight across the pond, just standing around in the grass stubble.

American Avocets
American Avocets

Tundra Swans Flying In

Waves of Tundra Swans flew into Mary’s House Pond at Bear Island, where the sky was cloudy to the south.

Tundra Swans

I heard them but didn’t spot them until they had gone by. They did a small loop closer to me but then banked away.

Tundra Swans

I caught this group approaching from the north, where the skies had cleared.

Tundra Swans

This one put his landing gear out long before the actual touch down, which ended up being on the far side of the pond.

Tundra Swan

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
February 10, 2020

Startled American White Pelican

Something, or someone, startled this flock of American White Pelicans at the edge of the pond. They lifted off but didn’t go far, landing on a mud flat in the middle.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

In less than five minutes they had all settled down and were mostly facing the same way. A larger number of Snowy Egrets, White Ibis and a few Wood Storks in the group behind them didn’t react to the alert or the Pelicans landing.

White Pelicans
White Pelicans

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
February 10, 2020

American Avocet Group

A quartet of American Avocets worked their way back and forth in the shallow water, feeding as they went.

American Avocets Feeding
American Avocets Feeding

The early morning light was behind them creating reflections in the still water.

American Avocets Feeding
American Avocets Feeding

Avocets eat little bits of things they find probing in the mud, generally unidentifiable bits from the photographer’s vantagepoint.

American Avocets Feeding
American Avocets Feeding

Wading Bird Wanna-be

American White Pelicans are paddlers that eat by scooping up beak-fuls of water. This one was slowly drifring along the edge of a pond.

American White Pelican and Snowy Egret
American White Pelican and Snowy Egret

Then he stood up and waded away. Made me laugh.

American White Pelican and Snowy Egret
American White Pelican and Snowy Egret

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area
February 10, 2020