I only see White Pelicans for a few months in the winter. Even then it isn’t that common, but Wednesday I happened upon a lot of them. I was returning home and stopped at Ackerman Park. This isn’t really much of a park exactly – just a rectangular body of water about 1000 x 800 feet, surrounded by small commercial buildings, a cow pasture, and some grass fields. There were maybe 60 or 80 Pelicans in the water so I stopped to take some photos, even though they were quite a distance away. As I stood there some motion caught my eye and I looked up to see another 100 or so circling high above me.
It was hypnotic watching them going around and around. They must have caught an updraft because they seldom had to move their wings to stay aloft. I love the Pelican’s strange combination of goofy awkwardness and graceful flying and it is even better where there are this many of them.
Also – this also gave me an appreciation for the combo of the Panasonic GX8 body and Panasonic/Leica 100-400mm lens. A lightweight combination with very good reach and image quality.
This little guy was feeding just a few feet from a boardwalk and stayed right in that one spot for well over an hour, giving people with cameras a lot of opportunity to take some photos. This is not an uncommon bird but it is difficult to find one so close.
Yesterday morning was just what I needed. I brought my camera to the Celery Fields nature area, mostly just to get out and about, and was rewarded with some fantastic weather. Temps in the high 70s, light breeze, clear skies, and lots of birds flying around to take photos of. I reconnected with a few people I haven’t seen in a while (they are only here for a few months every winter).
Here is the sunrise that met me when I arrived at the Celery Fields and got out of the car. I don’t know that that weird little cloud formation is at the top. Even though it looks very humid that was only a bit of early morning fog. I think the spikey things on top of the poles are to prevent the larger birds (herons,hawks,etc) from perching.