American White Pelican
My guess is they had spent the night there, and as the sun rose higher, it would be a matter of minutes before they left. I set up my mono-pod and positioned myself down from them in anticipation of their flight.
I didn't take long as the first one took flight and flew right in front of me. I tracked this one as it rose above the water and headed out of the area.
This one broke away from the group and flew along the top of the water. I was ready, and luckily, I got a few water drops trailing the Pelican.
These two also broke away from the group, and the first one flew along the top of the water. The second one rose above the water with fully extended wings.
This group of Pelicans were the last left, and I caught this one just as it took flight. I thought it was interesting as it left the group, as the rest stayed still.
Watching the Pelicans rise above the water, this one took a little different direction and then turned and flew right towards me.
I was able to capture this one as it rose higher into the clear blue morning sky.
The White Pelicans, with their white body and black-tipped wings, are graceful as they fly.
I liked this one with the blue sky and green trees below the Pelican.
Interestingly, this whole series of photos lasted about an hour. Some of the other photographers said this happens regularly.
I then walked to the river inlet where the river flows into the lake to check on the Spoonbills that looked like they might have been building nests a few weeks ago. To my surprise, there were a lot more...to be continued...
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