How nice to just be able to gracefully land on the water, or to be able to fly for that matter. Maybe I’ll be reincarnated as a bird.
I’ve been trying for awhile now to get a decent picture of a pelican in flight. Today, I hit the jackpot. My mom and I were lingering at one of their favorite sloughs in the Baylands and the entire pelican community seemed to fly in within the span of about an hour. When we arrived, there were a couple of birds preening, but by the time we left there were about 60-70 pelicans. I am not exaggerating. We counted them! So, lucky me, I got more than just one decent picture. I liked this one with Stanford’s Hoover Tower in the background.
I came upon a bird scene early one morning at the Baylands recently. There were huge flocks of birds hanging out in one channel. The thing that struck me about this is that birds of one type stuck together, so all the pelicans were preening together, all the willets were together, and all the avocets were together.
It was a classic Baylands scene that proved difficult to capture on my camera. A thoroughly enjoyable morning, nonetheless. Bird watching with or without the camera is a great diversion.
The American White Pelican is a big bird especially in flight. I want to get a photo of one flying but every time I see this, it takes my breath a way and I forget about the camera. They can have a wingspan of 9 feet! We have many of them at the Baylands and this guy was hanging out early one morning fishing, lazily scooping up the fish while swimming along the slough.