Tag Archives: American White Pelican

American White Pelican Taking Off

Seeing an American White Pelican lift off from the water is an impressive sight.

American White Pelican Taking Off
American White Pelican Taking Off

A couple of wing flaps and a small splash

American White Pelican Taking Off
American White Pelican Taking Off

and they are airborne.

American White Pelican Taking Off
American White Pelican Taking Off

This time the Pelican wasn’t going far, he lifted up over this hummock and landed on the other side, out of my sight.

American White Pelican Taking Off
American White Pelican Taking Off

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
December 25, 2021

American White Pelicans, Early Light

Getting to the Wildlife Management Area early payed off yesterday with some gorgeous early light and a small flock of American White Pelicans.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

These two were fairly close to the dike and the marsh grass made a nice reflection in the water.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

Back and forth, a cool profile shadow on the leader.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

And an occasional gulp of a snack.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
December 25, 2021

I’m Not Going To Look

What’s a Great Blue Heron to think when two gigantic American White Pelicans paddle into his space?

Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans

Don’t look, maybe they won’t see me.

Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans

Still not looking.

Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans

I’ll just turn a little.

Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans
Great Blue Heron, Two American White Pelicans

Wading, Swimming, Lurking

The Great Blue Heron was wading, two American White Pelicans swam by, the Alligators were just hanging there. And just a flash of pink of a Roseate Spoonbill preening in the grass.

American White Pelicans, Great Blue Heron, Alligators
American White Pelicans, Great Blue Heron, Alligators, Roseate Spoonbill (way back)

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 27, 2021

American White Pelicans, 2021

I have almost these same images of four American White Ibis from last year in a different pond.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

The White Ibis sharing their space mixed it up a little.

American White Pelicans and a White Ibis
American White Pelicans and a White Ibis

The White Pelicans are fascinating to watch as they shape-shift their positions from a straight line to a blob…

American White Pelicans and a White Ibis
American White Pelicans and a White Ibis

then back to a line as they follow the food.

American White Pelicans and a White Ibis
American White Pelicans and a White Ibis

All together now….

American White Pelicans Feeding
American White Pelicans Feeding

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 14, 2021

American Avocet

American Avocet aren’t the only birds in these images, but I haven’t seen one in awhile so thought I’d give them top billing. And I really like them with their snazzy color scheme.

American Avocet, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet, American White Pelican, Great Egret

I sure was hoping they would fly closer to my side of the pond.

American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret

Instead they disappeared on the other side of the marsh.

American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret