Another Sign of Spring

Today’s post features some images I captured this past Saturday. While on a ladder cleaning out the garage gutter, I saw a lot of black shadows passing along the shingles of the roof.  Looking up, I saw a group of about 25-30 American White Pelicans gliding overhead. I quickly got off the ladder, ran inside and grabbed my camera, and ran back outside … but the group was gone!

So taking a few minutes off from my gutter cleaning, I walked around to the lakeside of the house. Coming across the lake was another couple of groups of the pelicans. As they approached, I captured these images of the large, white birds:

American White Pelican

This next image is a closeup of the pelican on the righthand side (in the image above). Note the “horn” on his beak. This is a rounded keel that is a sign of a breeding pelican:

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

American White Pelicans are common here, during the spring migration. However, this year they decided not to stop and fish in our cove … I was hoping they would stop for the day so I could get the kayak out and get some fishing images … but not this year!

Coming up … I spent most of yesterday capturing wildflower images at both Ha Ha Tonka State Park, followed by a hike on the woodland trail at Fiery Fork Conservation Area (both in Missouri). I identified at least a dozen different wildflowers, along with a few unidentified ones. Stay tuned for some new wildflower images.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/6000 sec. and 1/8000 sec.



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Posted in 2021, Bird Photography, Birds, Blog, Nature Photography.
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