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.
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.
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.
But I did get this Spoonbill that dropped down on the canal trees.
A bonus. The bird was close, but safe from the ‘photo person’ walking the waters edge. He stayed, and was joined later by others.
The title explains it all.
Sitting on the plants being moved inside.
For all those days that we struggle to find wildlife these days make up for them.
I just commented to Mike Powell (Click Here) how I remember ‘Mutual Of Omaha, Wild Kingdom’.
Well, this is why.
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.
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.
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.
I try to start just about the time they ‘apply the breaks’.
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.
Note the lack of photos of the touch down itself… luck ran out as grass to my left entered the last shots.
I’m not sure it’s possible to get all the details and nuances of a deep red flower correct.
My latest attempt.
Two groups of Spoonbills were in the same rice field, one at either end.
True to form neither group was happy with their spot. They kept switching places.
This was a pretty good touch down. A small splash and the bird was grabbing for food before he even fully stopped.