For those of you who look at the blog often --- my apologies for not posting since September 4. I have been a bit under the weather with a cold with flu like symptoms, and just no energy to think of anything, much less blogging. I have been home in bed since Tuesday and am just now beginning to feel better. Hope you enjoy the following post.
White Pelican – J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge; Sanibel Island, Florida: White Pelicans are winter migrants to southern Florida. When the birds arrive in the fall the pelicans have molted into their winter plumage, but come late winter and early spring, when this photo was taken, the pelicans begin to attain their breeding plumage. Note the horns that are beginning to grow on the pelican’s beak.
This image was shot at high tide when the birds had gathered on a submerged sandbar to preen and rest after a morning of fishing. Unlike Brown Pelicans that fly high and dive into the water to catch their prey, White Pelicans gather in groups to form long lines, then swim toward shore to corral fish in the shallows so they can be easily scooped up in their pouched bills.
Nikon F5, Nikkor 500mm f4, Ektachorme 100