The Pelican And The Herons

A Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

A Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

A heron flew into the pond in the park next door last Saturday morning just as I arrived at the bank on the opposite side. The weather was cool and foggy. I could barely see him as he tip-toed along the edge of the pond glancing from side to side. I left him searching and walked over to the cottonwood tree. When I returned to the pond, he was on the near side by the path. He flew away when he spotted me.

It reminded me of a sunny afternoon in late September. I watched a pelican land in the water near the shore of Saylorville Lake. She swam back and forth feeding as she went. I almost didn’t notice the heron. He stood silently on a nearby pile of branches.

On April 15th and 16th, I walked in the woods and the formal gardens at Allerton Park in central Illinois. The weather was beautiful and the woods were magical. The photos from the visit will be in three posts in May.

September 27, 2015

An American White Pelican at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican in Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

An American White Pelican and a Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015. The pelican was feeding and swimming while the heron stood on a nearby pile of branches.

A Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

A Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

A Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

A Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

A Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

A Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

A Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

A Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

A Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

A Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

A Great Blue Heron at Saylorville Lake, Iowa, September 27, 2015.

April 23, 2016

A Great Blue Heron in the mist at sunrise, April 23, 2016.

A Great Blue Heron in the mist at sunrise, April 23, 2016.

A Great Blue Heron in the mist at sunrise, April 23, 2016.

A Great Blue Heron in the mist at sunrise, April 23, 2016.

A Great Blue Heron in the mist at sunrise, April 23, 2016.

A Great Blue Heron in the mist at sunrise, April 23, 2016.

A Great Blue Heron in the mist at sunrise, April 23, 2016.

A Great Blue Heron in the mist at sunrise, April 23, 2016.

A Great Blue Heron in the mist at sunrise, April 23, 2016.

A Great Blue Heron in the mist at sunrise, April 23, 2016.

A Great Blue Heron in the mist at sunrise, April 23, 2016.

A Great Blue Heron in the mist at sunrise, April 23, 2016.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

 

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10 Responses to The Pelican And The Herons

  1. zirah1 says:

    I love to watch herons in flight. They look like they would be so gangle-y, but are so smooth and graceful, and silent and almost look like they are in slow motion.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Zirah πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting! I agree with you. πŸ™‚ They are very graceful in flight, take-off and landing. They also manage to stand very still for long spells of time if they are undisturbed. It looks like they hardly move a muscle. I have noticed them hunched down in the other ponds I walk or run by. If I wasn’t actually looking, I would walk right past without seeing them. It was fun to watch the one on Saturday walking very slowly along the edge of the pond. He moved his head about as he placed his long feet carefully in the water.

  2. Shady_Grady says:

    This is like a little nature documentary. Love it.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting! I am happy you enjoyed the post. πŸ™‚ There were only three times last fall when I saw the pelicans up close. This was the first time. The second time was October 7th (Grace) and the third time will wait for another post. Usually when I saw them, they were out by the grass in the middle of the lake, far up or down the lake, on the other side or flying overhead. This pelican flew right in by me. And I really did almost miss seeing the heron. πŸ™‚ He blended in well with the pile of branches. I think it is fun to watch the pelicans feed. They have very interesting bills.

  3. Lovely shots. Such extraordinary birds! You are inspiring me to try some videos! I know where to find the Pelicans in Laondon! Clipped of course so always there….

    • Sarah says:

      Hi πŸ™‚ I would love to see a video of the Pelicans in London if you decide to make one! They look like grand birds. πŸ™‚ I think videos are fun to make. They show aspects of the birds behavior that photographs don’t necessarily capture.

      This was only the second time I had been to this park. It was a sunny afternoon and I didn’t have any expectation that the photographs or videos would turn out. I went to remind myself of how to get to the park and drive through it. I parked the car and walked along the shore. And then…. a pelican flew in as if to say “Hello!” and she swam around feeding. I was fascinated. I didn’t even notice the heron in the beginning. He was standing there as if he was merely a bored spectator to life’s drama until he moved. πŸ™‚ It is the closest I have been to a heron. Usually, they fly away just when I catch sight of them. I visited the park and the lake many times last fall and it turned out to be the only time a pelican was feeding close enough to photograph. Most of the time they were in the middle or on the far bank of the lake and it is a big lake. I was looking for migrating ducks there last fall and they were all too tiny to see with my eyes or the camera.

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