Category Archives: Shore Bird

Close Up, Pied-billed Grebe

I would never even try to get this close to a small Grebe. Impossible would have been my other thought. They disappear underwater at the sight of a person, immediately.

Close Up, Pied-billed Grebe
Close Up, Pied-billed Grebe

I was photographing several Teals and this guy popped up from under the duck weed.

We both watched each other for a while, not sure who was more surprised. He never went under, just paddled away.

I hope I have a few more shots, this won’t happen again.

Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity

These are the photographs you rarely get the opportunity to shoot. Never mind actually getting them, it’s the chance you don’t ever get. That’s why I chose the title I did.

Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity
Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity

This White Pelican did a glide past me and gently eased into landing.

Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity
Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity

By this time I had been shooting them for about an hour and was at the point I was missing the good shots, big gear does get heavy.

Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity
Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity

About five years ago I had this opportunity in a Florida salt marsh. I caught maybe two good images. Good thing I didn’t remember that when I was shooting LOL.

Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity
Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity

When the big feet touched the water I was hoping my aim was good because I wanted the ‘water ski’ landing.

Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity
Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity
Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity
Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity
Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity
Thank You Mr. Pelican For The Opportunity

There were a few more good images but this article already has more than usual.

To end… I was a happy camper LOL.

 

 

 

Gathering Together To Feed, White Pelican

Pity the poor fish when this group gets together.

Gathering Together To Feed, White Pelican
Gathering Together To Feed, White Pelican

White Pelican feed by driving fish ahead, pushing then into a place they can be caught more easily.

Gathering Together To Feed, White Pelican
Gathering Together To Feed, White Pelican

Swimming in a line the big bills are filled with water, and fish, as they move ahead.

Gathering Together To Feed, White Pelican
Gathering Together To Feed, White Pelican

Many water birds use a similar technique, even flocks of Egrets. These big birds are pretty effective at it.

Big Guy’s Coming To A Marsh, Pelican

I try to restrict the number of over head Pelican fly by’s I shoot.

There are rarely as good as I think, and how many flying big belly photographs do we need!

Big Guy's Coming To A Marsh, Pelican
Big Guy’s Coming To A Marsh, Pelican

These are big birds. Body weight can range between 7.7 and 30 lb (3.5 and 13.6 kg), although typically these birds average between 11 and 20 lb (5.0 and 9.1 kg).

The Lowcountry is considered an ‘uncommon’ migration stop. Once again the animals know better than humans. November/December they feed in these far marshes all the time, though in smaller flocks of 20 to 50 birds.

Anhinga With A Catch (2)

A nearby marsh has been very busy with Anhinga and Cormorants fishing.  This day all we need do was wait. Sooner or later a ‘head popped up’ and another bird had made a catch.

Anhinga With A Catch (2)
Anhinga With A Catch (2)

Unlike the swamps the fish here are bigger.

Anhinga With A Catch (2)
Anhinga With A Catch (2)

This is actually a size fairly easy for an Anhinga to swallow. Not that it doesn’t take time.

Anhinga With A Catch (2)
Anhinga With A Catch (2)

All the while the Anhinga was working on eating the fish he is looking all around for trouble. Herons and Egrets will jump right in and steal this fish if he takes too long.

Anhinga With A Catch (2)
Anhinga With A Catch (2)

This one he was able to keep, but they were heading for the steal as he finished his meal and ducked back under the water.

Pelican, How it’s Done

So, when a Pelican grabs a fish a whole bunch of water comes with it. And this is how he eats a fish.

Pelican, How it's Done
Pelican, How it’s Done

The water is sent flying. Not pretty but effective.

Pelican, How it's Done
Pelican, How it’s Done
Pelican, How it's Done
Pelican, How it’s Done
Pelican, How it's Done
Pelican, How it’s Done

Above the Pelican finally eats his fish.

Late November the marshes start to fill with White Pelicans. On a good day you can wear out your arm and a few memory cards.

Photographed at the ACE Basin, South Carolina.