This Brown Pelican was coasting over the creek then rose up in front of this tree decked out for fall.
American White Pelicans tend to feed in groups, probably gaining an advantage of any fish their neighbor stirs up. This fellow swam away from the group into a spot where the fall colors from the tree line reflected in the shallow water. I believe the rougher water beyond the bird is deeper and has some flow as it heads into a canal.
His feeding style was more scooping along the water surface, and less plunging of his full head.
He seemed to be successful.
These White Pelicans were taking a break after feeding, some resting, some grooming.
A Great Blue Heron in the background stood his ground, not paying much attention as the Pelicans swam back and forth.
A Great Blue Heron took a stroll in front a Wood Stork and small flock of American White Pelicans.
He was oblivious to the photo-bombers beyond him.
The “big gulp” has got to make some noise, but the Heron was not diverted.
Interestingly, the Wood Stork and Pelicans were feeding steadily but the dozen or so Great Blue Herons around this area weren’t showing any interest in food.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, November 28, 2019
A female Anhinga struck up a pose at the edge of a small pond. It was late afternoon with little sunlight reaching the water.
The reflections in the water changed considerable by my moving just a few feet and a small drape of fall colored leaves added some color.
A few steps further on and the leaves and some Spanish Moss competed for a frame around the bird.
Most Wood Ducks I have seen are pretty shy, and this one was no exception.
He either heard me or a hawk that was in the area, or both.
He didn’t make a fuss, but calmly made for denser quarters, avoiding paddling through the patches of sunlight.
One of the Gulls I was watching in post Gull Ballet successfully nabbed a snack from the water.
In no time a second Gull was in hot pursuit.
The first Gull picked up speed.
As they flew off he still had possession, probably trying to swallow it as they went.
It was grey, overcast, and very still.
A few gulls were performing intricate moves as they hunted for a meal in a small pond.
The ripple in the water was from the bird first lifting up.
He hovered a moment then dropped right back down inside the rings…
smoothly entering the water.
Some days the birds are just too far for photographing.
That doesn’t stop me from taking a few images to record what I saw and occasionally those far off shots become a nice landscape.
Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, September 29, 2019.