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Sliding In, White Pelican

It may look a little like a crash landing but this guy was pretty accurate in the end.

Sliding In, White Pelican
Sliding In, White Pelican

Put on the brakes at the exact right moment, good thing too.

Sliding In, White Pelican
Sliding In, White Pelican
Sliding In, White Pelican
Sliding In, White Pelican
Sliding In, White Pelican
Sliding In, White Pelican

Stopped right in the middle of the lunch buffet.

White Pelicans, ACE Basin, South Carolina.

A Quick Take Off, Pelican

These big birds are not known for a fast lift off. Usually it’s like they are running / skipping on the surface for a while.

This Pelican took one hard pump of the wings and was airborne.

A Quick Take Off, Pelican
A Quick Take Off, Pelican
A Quick Take Off, Pelican
A Quick Take Off, Pelican

They are one of the heaviest birds in North America making it even more impressive.

A Quick Take Off, Pelican
A Quick Take Off, Pelican
A Quick Take Off, Pelican
A Quick Take Off, Pelican

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Scenes From Walking A Dike

We were following the sightings of lots of birds. I carried my usual long lens gear, plus a backup with short lens, my monopod, and a gear bag. Never do this if above the age of 25. Besides you can’t sneak up on anything, you have become like a traveling circus.

Anyway, I really wanted to grab a few images of this long dike and what we see. This connects (below) with 3 other dikes and marshes.

The first photograph is a good example of how using trunks (gates) moves water between marshes.

Scenes From Walking A Dike
Scenes From Walking A Dike

There is a wooden rectangular box inside the dike with the gates on either side. A few hundred years ago that would have been a large hollow log. Same basic design from 1600’s until now. These shots are a month old, nothing changes.

Scenes From Walking A Dike
Scenes From Walking A Dike

Above is looking back to where we had started, the trunk being behind me now. Both images taken from the same spot. Thankfully the center had been recently cut.

Scenes From Walking A Dike
Scenes From Walking A Dike

A little further on is an area wide open for miles. At times filled with birds, others like this day not much happening. There was a breeze, bigger birds tend to avoid openings like this with wind.

Scenes From Walking A Dike
Scenes From Walking A Dike

This day we turned back and walked the same route. With all the dikes connecting here we have multiple options for a return to where we left the car. Which of course is on another dike.

Scenes From Walking A Dike
Scenes From Walking A Dike

These photographs were taken at Bear Island, a wildlife management area. The dikes shown here and the roads entering the area are now closed until mid February. Bear is one of the largest locations for migratory birds in the U.S., with a few exceptions this is a safe place for large water fowl.

 

Stork, Up From The Cane

This worked out well. Walked down a dike further out than I had been lately since reeds and cane blocked both sides of the trail. Too thick to see anything a friend and I were only watching straight ahead.

So of course up pops an adult Stork from behind. We had gone right past him.

Stork Up From The Cane
Stork Up From The Cane

He choose to go straight giving me a chance at a few shoots before the tall reeds blocked us again.

Stork Up From The Cane
Stork Up From The Cane

He changed his mind again though and turned heading back to where we had just come from.

Stork Up From The Cane
Stork Up From The Cane
Stork Up From The Cane
Stork Up From The Cane

I watched for a while and yes, he flew and landed exactly where we had been standing way down the other side. Of course he came down next to Ellen.