Friday, October 31, 2014

A big white bird - Pelican!

Yesterday, two birding friends of mine hit the jackpot at East Fork SP.  They had a Cattle Egret, American White Pelican (love them), and a Franklin's Gull in the same morning.  I wasn't able to get down there to see the pelican.  I have only seen one other white pelican, that one also at East Fork.

Today, I refound the pelican flying high above the beach. It went out of sight 3 times only to reappear over the beach and then disappear east again.  Hopefully, it will stick around for a while.  It acted like it wanted to land on the beach a couple of times, but decided not to.  I was able to get some pics in the poor light.

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

Such an awesome and out of place looking bird!  

The Franklin's Gull was also still on the beach.  This has been a very good year for Franklin's Gulls.  It seems that every other day this fall East Fork has hosted them.  I want to thank those that have found and promptly reported these awesome birds so that others can enjoy them!

Franklin's Gull saying, yeah, yeah, you all are looking for the big white bird!  

Franklin's Gull yawning

1 comment:

  1. impressive bird Donald must have been a surprise.