Monday, April 16, 2018

American White Pelicans' Heaven - I.






















Finally, I reached the Bear River refuge and drove miles and miles 

around the river on the narrow dirt road.

It was early afternoon and the desert was peaceful and comforting.

I didn't see any birds for the first fifteen minutes until I spotted many white birds.


They were so far away that my first thought was that they were Tundra swans.

I was wrong. They were American White pelicans.  The colony of them.

And a well established colony with rules and busy activity.

Some pelicans were fishing for food, other were resting and napping

and the most active sometimes were flying.


I stayed with pelicans until sunset.

I watched them, took pictures and was incredibly happy

that even didn't pay attention to clouds of mosquitos and other insects circling over me.

Fortunately, I survived and wasn't bitten by them.


I also saw grebes. There were plenty of them.

And I was lucky, I saw one Tundra swan and that was a big surprise

because at this time of year Tundra swans supposed to be on their way to Arctic.


Did this Tundra swan decide to stay at Bear River refuge

or it was still early to migrate and there were many of swans somewhere around

Bear River?








12 comments:

Jordi lópez pérez said...

Que maravilla de aves y su entorno. Buen reportaje, Kaya!!!
Un abrazo.

Catalin said...

The beautiful pelicans air waltzes!

VENTANA DE FOTO said...

Son preciosa estas aves, de las que has sacado muy buenas imágenes.

Besos

Antonio Rodriguez said...

Por tu comentario se nota que disfrutaste mucho con esta buen sesión fotográfica. Que envidia! Todas son muy bonitas.
Un abrazo.

pedro gomes said...

A beautiful day with no less beautiful images!

Giga said...

I love pelicans, and I admire them for bags under the bow. It looks amazing. Your photos are wonderful. It's good that you did not bite mosquitoes. Regards.

Jan/JFM said...

Kaya, you are an amazingly, talented photographer!!!
These are absolutely breathtaking!!!

Hugs ❤❤❤

Miguel said...

Decididamente esos pelícanos blancos que tenéis en el norte son muy bellos, yo estoy acostumbrado a los del sur, mucho más oscuros. Debe ser muy interesante verlos volar en grupo casi rozando el agua como suelen hacer.

Te estás convirtiendo en una verdadera experta en la fotografía de aves.

Un abrazo,

Jesús Castellano said...

Nunca he visto un pelícano volado, Kaya, tu lo cazaste con mucha habilidad, bonitas fotos.

Saludos.

Maria Rodrigues said...

Wow, what gorgeous photos.
Greetings
Maria de
Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

Andy said...

Beautiful photos... especially with the ones in flight.

sandy said...

wow your photos are amazing!