Tag Archives: Colorful

Pelicans In The Golden Hour

For a short time I was in the center of these Pelican feeding, and it was the golden morning light. Even in the best light it rarely is an actual gold.

It was very gold this morning.

Pelicans In The Golden Hour
Pelicans In The Golden Hour

This was part of a flock that was pushing through the marsh feeding. Luck was with me since I had found an opening in the grasses wide and low enough to catch the groups all around me.

Pelicans In The Golden Hour
Pelicans In The Golden Hour
Pelicans In The Golden Hour
Pelicans In The Golden Hour

 

Landing Over The Canal, Spoonbill

A canal runs between dike paths which keeps each side separate, and isolated from each other. Lots of birds were behind the brush line, but there was no easy access.

Landing Over The Canal, Spoonbill
Landing Over The Canal, Spoonbill

But I did get this Spoonbill that dropped down on the canal trees.

Landing Over The Canal, Spoonbill
Landing Over The Canal, Spoonbill

A bonus. The bird was close, but safe from the ‘photo person’ walking the waters edge. He stayed, and was joined later by others.

Landing Over The Canal, Spoonbill
Landing Over The Canal, Spoonbill

A Marsh Gathering (Best Viewed Large)

For all those days that we struggle to find wildlife these days make up for them.

A Marsh Gathering
A Marsh Gathering

I just commented to Mike Powell (Click Here) how I remember ‘Mutual Of Omaha, Wild Kingdom’.

Well, this is why.

A Marsh Gathering
A Marsh Gathering

Simply amazing.

Fly By, White Pelican

A reward for a long day.

The Pelicans fall migration is in full swing. The bigger marshes must have plenty of food since flocks of all types are out there.

Fly By, White Pelican
Fly By, White Pelican

I almost didn’t go out, took my time, and arrived at the worst possible time. Today it didn’t matter.

Note to self, put bug spray in pocket… this is not a park.

White Pelican, ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Spoonbill Landing, A Series

When seen coming in low to land if I shoot a little wide and get focus for the first shot chances are good there will be a series of photographs. That’s the plan anyway.

Spoonbill Landing, A Series
Spoonbill Landing, A Series

I try to start just about the time they ‘apply the breaks’.

Spoonbill Landing, A Series
Spoonbill Landing, A Series
Spoonbill Landing, A Series
Spoonbill Landing, A Series

While this looks like a large open lake it’s anything but that. There are tall grass and dikes all around this spot. The part you can’t plan is where they land, so I got lucky here.

Spoonbill Landing, A Series
Spoonbill Landing, A Series

Note the lack of photos of the touch down itself… luck ran out as grass to my left entered the last shots.

Pink Landing

Two groups of Spoonbills were in the same rice field, one at either end.

Pink Landing
Pink Landing

True to form neither group was happy with their spot. They kept switching places.

Pink Landing
Pink Landing
Pink Landing
Pink Landing
Pink Landing
Pink Landing

This was a pretty good touch down. A small splash and the bird was grabbing for food before he even fully stopped.