Tag Archives: Southeast

Pelican And His True Enemy

A Gull is a fraction of the size of a Pelican but they can torment the big guys.

When a Brown Pelican surfaces after a dive they may have 2 gallons of water in their pouch along with a fish. They need to ‘spit out’ the salt water.

Pelican And His True Enemy
Pelican And His True Enemy

A Gull knows this. As soon as the Pelican opens his mouth…the Gull dives for the fish. And they get them too.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to stick my head in there!

 

Pink Posing For Us, Spoonbill

The main image here is the one most often published by photographers.

Pink Posing For Us
Pink Posing For Us

We all fall for the pretty pink ballerina.

Pink Posing For Us
Pink Posing For Us

My second favorite pose is the full ‘Spoon’ presentation like above.

Pink Posing For Us
Pink Posing For Us
Pink Posing For Us
Pink Posing For Us

They are probably the only species we are happy to get the ‘bird butt’ shot.

That’s the sign of a true Rock Star LOL.

 

Ibis Catching Fish

Typically I see Ibis catching small insects and other little ‘creepy’ things. Their bill is designed for digging in the mud, however fish is a good catch for them given the size.

Ibis Catching Fish
Ibis Catching Fish

It takes them longer than the other birds to eat a fish. All birds eat fish head first to avoid the sharp gills. An Ibis long bill doesn’t help this process very well.

Ibis Catching Fish
Ibis Catching Fish

A Gull can easily steal fish from Ibis, and it happens probably half the time.

Ibis Catching Fish
Ibis Catching Fish

Ibis will run with their prey as soon as possible. Probably hoping none noticed what he caught.

Roseate Spoonbill, Low Tide

While other birds were using the bars and shell mounds to rest I think the Spoonbill just stopped to gather up together.

Roseate Spoonbill, Low Tide
Roseate Spoonbill, Low Tide

This is a breeding adult. The feathers are gone from the head and pink cape feathers are prominent.

Roseate Spoonbill, Low Tide
Roseate Spoonbill, Low Tide
Roseate Spoonbill, Low Tide
Roseate Spoonbill, Low Tide

Brown Pelicans In Flight

As these birds were moving along following the fish with the tide I couldn’t help myself, I took an enormous number of flight shots.

Brown Pelicans In Flight
Brown Pelicans In Flight
Brown Pelicans In Flight
Brown Pelicans In Flight

Finally I took a break and moved further up the shore. Before I was finished I had filled my memory cards.

Brown Pelicans In Flight
Brown Pelicans In Flight
Brown Pelicans In Flight
Brown Pelicans In Flight

Pink Flying Series

A Spoonbill coming to a sand bar.

Pink Flying Series
Pink Flying Series

Both Ibis and Spoonbill were here, the number of birds kept growing as they came in for the evening.

Pink Flying Series
Pink Flying Series

I wanted to be sure I caught the full flight and landing so I shot these photographs a bit wider than most.

Click and image to view full size.

Pink Flying Series
Pink Flying Series