Monday in Nature, 5 April 2021

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    American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) late Saturday afternoon last at the Bear River MBR. While pickings were pretty thin this early in the season, the coots, geese, blackbirds, seagulls, and various ducks are out in force, with a few early grebes, pelicans, herons, and others starting to make an appearance. We even saw a few in-transit tundra swans. Still no ibis or herons, but they will come. It will be interesting to see what impact this year's early warm spell and severe drought have.
    Captured with Nikon D810+Nikkor 200-500/5.6. Processed in LR5.
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  2. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    It is the mating season, such that the white pelicans grow a bump on their bill, which also turns bright orange.

  3. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

    Don't usually bother with Canada Geese, pretty common everywhere I've lived, but these two had an attitude.
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  4. Still hanging out with the frogs in the pond.

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  5. Early morning at Conowingo Dam.

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  6. Double-crested cormorant with catch. D500, 500PF, 1/1600s, f/5.6, ISO 3200. Generally, those bird have swallowed their catch almost as soon as they surface - so a bit unusual to have this one "present" the catch before swallowing it head first.
    We only get White Pelicans here on occasion in small numbers - they certainly aren't regulars.
  7. Thank you Mary. Sometimes we forget that there are more than birds in Nature
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  8. I'm somewhat embarrassed t disclose that I took this shot at Disney World, Animal Kingdom (Florida). This is an immature animal.

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