Tag Archives: South Carolina

Pelican, Filling The View Finder

The Brown Pelican is the smallest of the US pelicans. I have only seen the White Pelican also and both are big. A Brown Pelican is 4 1/2 feet tall (106–137 cm) with a wing span of 6 – 8 feet (1.83 to 2.5 m). Sorry, but his wings are bigger than me. Not small!

Brown Pelican - Click To Enlarge
Brown Pelican – Click To Enlarge

Most interesting is this bird dives for his fish. In shallow water just a little up in the air. In the ocean it’s a full out, full speed dive.

Brown Pelican Fishing - Click To Enlarge
Brown Pelican Fishing – Click To Enlarge

 

 

Pied-billed Grebe In Circles

A small bird that I can only photograph in perfect light. They are shy, dive quickly under water, and always seem to be just out of reach. And that’s why morning light is needed. No room for error.

Pied-billed Grebe In Circles - Click To Enlarge

Pied-billed Grebe In Circles – Click To Enlarge

‘Part bird, part submarine, the Pied-billed Grebe is common across much of North America. These small brown birds have unusually thick bills that turn silver and black in summer. These expert divers inhabit sluggish rivers, freshwater marshes, lakes, and estuaries. They use their chunky bills to kill and eat large crustaceans along with a great variety of fish, amphibians, insects, and other invertebrates. Rarely seen in flight and often hidden amid vegetation.’  (Cornell University)

 

Anhinga Close Up

I have never been this close to an Anhinga before. He was so close that I looked right past several times. I was just not expecting a big bird to be 15 feet away.

Anhinga Close Up - Click To Enlarge
Anhinga Close Up – Click To Enlarge
Anhinga Close Up - Click To Enlarge
Anhinga Close Up – Click To Enlarge

In order to get this full body shot I had to step away it was too close for my lens. They are a nice looking bird when you can get up close and actually see them.

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