Monday, May 12, 2008
A lovely day for ducks and pelicans...
American White Pelican
The day is supposed to deteriorate....
rain, high winds, cold and chilly....
For those of us who like to be outside, walking, birding, gardening, it's deteriorating,
but if you're a duck or a pelican, the day will be just right.
Hubby was out feeding the cows this morning and called me on the 2-way radio to say that he sighted some pelicans on the stock dam. I had planned to take dig some dandelions out of the flower beds this morning before the rain and winds came, but I chose to start with a little birding instead. A prairie woman doesn't see pelicans much. I think of them as sea birds, but they do come here in small numbers to our larger reservoirs in summertime. They are so huge -- L- 50" W-110" -- and make quite an impression to a land lubber like me.
I spied this fellow out in the feed lots amongst the mud and muck. Isn't he a regal duck with his long, white neck, blue-gray suit and tails, and brown head with blue-gray bill? I had to stand and stare. Just when you think your life is ordinary -- dull, gray and boring, you spy a little gift from God in the midst, sent just for you if you will only take a moment to really look.
Click on the pictures for a better look-see.
I didn't take the better camera with me, so the photos aren't as clear as I'd like.
Plus....it was gray and cloudy and I took the pelican pics from a long way off.