White Pelicans

The past two days we have been thrilled with a large group of American White Pelicans that decided to make a stopover in the marsh pond. We counted 28 of these amazing large birds and the last time we saw even one was December 2012.

In the first group photo you can see our pal Mr. A gliding by near the two wood storks on the right. In the last group photo, even though they are quite far off,  you should be able to make out a roseate spoonbill coming in for a landing in among a group of these pelicans. We hope they plan to stick around but it’s quite possible our marsh is just a temporary rest stop on their way to the next location… 

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

56 thoughts on “White Pelicans

  1. Wow, really great photos, Phil. Love the closeups and the rippled reflections, too. And Mr. A – how does he manage to get into so many of your shots?! 🙂 I’ve seen flocks of white pelicans on the Sacramento River in Northern California, but had to go to the bird book to figure out what they were. I don’t think they were around when I was a kid there.

    • I’ll tell ya, that Mr. A sure does seem to be everywhere doesn’t he?! What a camera hog!
      These birds are a rare treat for us we normally only see brown pelicans. Glad you like the photos Deb!

    • Thanks a bunch Steve, glad you enjoyed these! Those lineup shots were the brief opportunity I had to get them in close. They have been her for three days now and always seem to cling to the far end of the marsh pond such as seen in the two large group photos, they were quite a ways out.

  2. So much to love here. Your Pelicans looks so CLEAN compared to our brown ones. Particular favorites were the landing and the twin reflections. Simply beautiful. Tossing the spoonies in there was just over the top! 😀

    • Thanks very much Amy, I was very excited to have this group visit the area and despite a heavy rain today I had to cruise by the marsh and take a quick look. There were still 16 white pelicans out there and two spoonies. Too bad I couldn’t stay out and get pics.

  3. Awesome set Phil! I had the opportunity to get some shots of White Pelicans in the Grand Tetons this past June.
    The males had this cool looking disc on their beaks. The first one I saw made me think it was a defect and I was
    thinking I was going to have to clone out the defect 🙂 Little did I know it is normal during the breeding season.

    Happy Shooting1

    • I have yet to see one with that breeding ‘centerboard’ on the ridge of their bill. But of course I rarely see any at all so it’s a treat when even one or two show up but even better to see this large group. The past two days we have 16 still hanging in, but it’s also been raining steady.
      Thanks very much for looking and commenting Ricky!

  4. Aaarg! You are so lucky Phil. We used to get Dalmatian Pelicans at Mai Po but they don’t come to visit these days. I would love to see a group like this. Brilliant photos.

    • Thanks Andrew, I was totally thrilled to see this group come in and was able to get some shots. There still are 16 hanging in at the pond but it’s also still raining pretty good.

  5. What stunning birds!! You’ve captured them beautifully, Phil. I really love your amazing wildlife photos. A real feast for my eyes. Bless you.

  6. I love these, Phil! The way you get the contrast is brilliant! The last time I saw pelicans was on the Swan River, In Perth, Australia, in 2001. I have never forgotten the grace of these birds. Memories! Thank you, Phil!

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