Category Archives: Pelican

Big Guy Fly By, White Pelican

Taken on a day a marsh had a low water level. Pelicans will gather for a push right through the marsh. It’s like the early bird blue plate special for them.

Big Guy Fly By, White Pelican
Big Guy Fly By, White Pelican
Big Guy Fly By, White Pelican
Big Guy Fly By, White Pelican

This series was taken in the morning when the flocks flew around between the open marshes.

Big Guy Fly By, White Pelican
Big Guy Fly By, White Pelican
Big Guy Fly By, White Pelican
Big Guy Fly By, White Pelican

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

 

Found My Way, But Never During The Summer

So, a story that I will try to keep brief.

There is a marsh inlet in the back of Bear Island WMA. Very remote and inaccessible. Of course if you cannot get there a) wildlife loves it and b) sooner or later I have to try.

I found it.

Found My Way, But Never During The Summer
Found My Way, But Never During The Summer

The grass and reeds are taller than me (above shot from eye level) and you must walk through a pine/scrub tree forest.

It’s fall so I pushed through, but never summer. You cannot see and this is Cottonmouth, tick, ¬†and Alligator land. A dumb thing to try.

There is a small wooden ‘bridge’ thing for in/out. But the trail is gone finding it is a bunch of fun.

Found My Way, But Never During The Summer
Found My Way, But Never During The Summer

This wooden ‘bridge’ spans a mud creek about 15 feet (4.5 meters) below. With the same afore mentioned critters. Maybe some aliens too.

I don’t know how many times I walked back and forth along the creek side looking for this to get back out. I do know the entire walk in and back out was what convinced me it was time for a new hip. Would not do to get stuck since of course I was by myself.

I found it though.

Found My Way, But Never During The Summer
Found My Way, But Never During The Summer

And this day it was filled with White Pelicans, comfortable since people keep away from here, except those with 600mm lens in the reeds.

Found My Way, But Never During The Summer
Found My Way, But Never During The Summer
Found My Way, But Never During The Summer
Found My Way, But Never During The Summer

I now know another way to get there which might not be as much work. Still never in the summer.

Found My Way, But Never During The Summer
Found My Way, But Never During The Summer
Found My Way, But Never During The Summer
Found My Way, But Never During The Summer

The Fishing Fleet, Pelicans

A few shots of cooperative fishing, Pelican style. Many birds hunt or fish in flocks but I don’t see any that coordinate the hunt like a White Pelican.

The Fishing Fleet, Pelicans
The Fishing Fleet, Pelicans

They will line up, almost shoulder to shoulder, and push fish forward.

The Fishing Fleet, Pelicans
The Fishing Fleet, Pelicans

Because these are massive birds it’s even more impressive if you can close like here. The Condor is the only North American bird larger than this Pelican.

The Fishing Fleet, Pelicans
The Fishing Fleet, Pelicans
The Fishing Fleet, Pelicans
The Fishing Fleet, Pelicans

In a marsh area flocks like this will fish as a group for a few days and then move on. They need to go, most of the fish are gone.

The Fishing Fleet, Pelicans
The Fishing Fleet, Pelicans

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

 

Marsh Morning Scenes

A few photographs taken when it was still too early to know if they would be any good or not. Hint; most were not.

Marsh Morning Scenes
Marsh Morning Scenes

Various flocks had landed while it was still dark.

Marsh Morning Scenes
Marsh Morning Scenes

I don’t think most knew we were there though you can see a few glancing my way.

Marsh Morning Scenes
Marsh Morning Scenes

At this point I was walking a dike and looking through whatever openings in the grasses I could find.

Marsh Morning Scenes
Marsh Morning Scenes

Bear Island, South Carolina.

Year Round Pelican

Lately all the attention has been on the visiting big White Pelicans. It’s easy since they move into the marshes where the Spoonbill, Wood Stork, and others are.

Year Round Pelican
Year Round Pelican

Right down the road, very close, are the Brown Pelicans. Being salt water birds they avoid marshes.

Year Round Pelican
Year Round Pelican

Personally I prefer them, much more character.

Year Round Pelican
Year Round Pelican

It doesn’t hurt that they tolerate people much better.

Year Round Pelican
Year Round Pelican

If you see a shrimp boat, you have Brown Pelicans.