Friday, November 29, 2013

White and Brown Pelicans

During our summer visit to Mustang Island, we saw a number of Brown Pelicans.  On our winter visit, we continued to see many more both on the gulf and bay sides of the island. Here is a group which we saw while walking the beach. The pelicans were having a good time feeding in the waves at the Fish Pass Jetty in the state park.
Canon SX50 HS - ISO-200, f/5.6, 1/160s

The large group below, we found gathering at sunset on Shamrock Island. We reached this by kayaking about a quarter mile out into Corpus Christi Bay from the end of Wilson's Cut. This island is a bird preserve and boats are not allowed to beach there.

Canon SX50 HS - ISO-80, f/5.6, 1/250s
Over the summer we had not seen any White Pelicans, which are primarily here only in the winter. While watching the feeding frenzy in the first picture, we did see a flock of twenty or so flying inland. We finally ran into a half dozen on the ground resting on a sand bar at the mouth of Pink Shack Cove. I love the bird on the right peeking out at us over its back.

Canon SX50 HS - ISO-80, f/5.6, 1/800s

After a couple of the birds flew to the other side of the cove, I watched one of the remaining birds doing a funny set of stretches and hops ... I managed to put together a short animation sequence.

Canon SX50 HS - ISO-80, f/6.5, 1/250s

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