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.
The title explains it all.
Sitting on the plants being moved inside.
Old rusted stove pipes always get my attention, it’s a throw back to the way things were. Except in these places. Here they are for cooking, heating, and living when in the cabins.
I am of that ‘age’ where I know how it feels to touch one, when you shouldn’t.
Times have changed and now I see them for how well they age and color in photographs.
A small slice of America, Indian Fields Methodist Camp.
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.
You find this and you must go back inside and get a camera.
I have found if you scare them they will jump, right on you.
Not this time though.
A few quick, first shots of the day.
Squeezed out just enough light/speed to get the Tricolored Herons.
Even with the fast movement of catching fish it was decent (if not great lol). I did use a monopod at times, guess this was one.
Both juveniles and adults stayed together. Adults are usually solitary animals.