Tag Archives: Birds in Flight

American White Pelican Coming In

American White Pelicans have a nine foot (2.75 Meter) wingspan. They are surprisingly graceful and I watched many of them fly over a pond and land on a sand bar. Evidently only I was impressed; the other occupants of the sand bar never even looked up.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing

As he turned you can get a feel for how large these birds are in comparison to the Ring-billed Gulls,

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing

and the Cormorants standing around.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing

Once they hit land they tended to strut along a bit, quickly blending in with the rest of the gathering.

American White Pelican Landing
American White Pelican Landing

Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
December 24, 2019

GBH Stick Run

A few pairs of Great Blue Herons are hard a work building nests at Ravenswood Pond. This male, identified by behavior as the female almost always stays at the nest to receive and organize the sticks, brought material from all around the pond.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

On this trip he headed to the pond edge closest to the nest, which happens to have the walking trail where I was standing.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

He swooped in under a Spanish Moss covered tree.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

December 17, 2019

Brown Pelican, Where Is He Going?

Watching and learning to predict behavior goes a long way in bird photography. I saw this Brown Pelican coming in low over the water and was sure he would skim by right in front of me.

Brown Pelican Flying In
Brown Pelican Flying In

Nope.

Brown Pelican Flying In
Brown Pelican Flying In

He pulled up and landed on a dock piling.

Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican

The Pelican’s big feet managed to hold on the piling cap, but he didn’t look too comfy.

Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican