January 10, 2014 Goose Island, Texas

White pelicans on Kelley Slough, N. Dakota
White pelicans

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Yesterday, drizzle and fog all day and night, today, more of the same….and then, at precisely 4 PM, a cause for celebration, the sun actually poked through, so off I went! Nothing in the pastures, not a single whooping crane to be found, so, not wanting to waste precious sunlight, I headed to Rockport to check the shore line and docks for whatever might be there.

White pelican yoga
White pelican yoga

 

White pelican takeoff sequence
White pelican takeoff
Brown pelican
Brown pelican

 

 

 

 

 

In Fulton Harbor, I spotted a small group of white pelicans standing and preening on the remains of an old cement bulkhead, just a few feet from shore. The setting sun was hitting them at just about the perfect angle, so I set up and decided to stay with them, hoping they would eventually take off and I might just get a decent flight shot.

White pelican in flight
White pelican in flight

I think I did!

White pelican takeoff sequence
White pelican takeoff sequence

This one is 4 images stitched together in Photoshop to capture flight takeoff.

 

Caracara
Caracara

On the way back to camp, I did one loop around the pastures and happened to spot a caracara atop a light pole at one of the docks on the bay and stopped to get a few shots.

Caracara
Caracara
Caracara
Caracara
White pelican in flight
White pelican in flight

 

 

 

 

 

White pelican in flight
White pelican in flight
White pelican in flight
White pelican in flight

 

 

 

 

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