Tuesday, March 5, 2013

White Pelican & more

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

I have more birds from last weekend's visit to Blackwater NWR. Besides all the winter ducks at Blackwater we also saw a White Pelican. I have been told it is injured and has become a regular bird of Blackwater.


This was my first time seeing the White Pelican at Blackwater during previous trips we missed seeing them.


A Ring-necked Duck couple, as you can see the brownish looking female looks much different then the male.


I believe I have seen the Coots during all my visit to Blackwater NWR



On the way home we stopped for lunch at Kent Island a restaurant called THE NARROWS, great crab cakes here. On their parking I found this cute Killdeer.


Also from the restaurants parking lot I sighted this male Greater Scaup along with a couple of female Scaups. My field guide says the Great er Scaups have the rounded heads and the Lesser Scaup has a peaked crown on the rear of its head.


Two female Scaups, heads tucked and each with one eye peeping out. Thanks for stopping by to see my birds and I always appreciate your nice comments.

Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday and thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes.
I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!

72 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Your saw a nice variety of birds! Good photos!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Oh Eileen,
You are so lucky to see a white pelican!! Growing up on the Florida ocean coastline - all of our pelicans are various shades of grey. Didn't know about them until Gail from Louisiana posted photos of the white pelicans!! They are lovely!! Hope his injury won't kill him!! Nice shots!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Oh Eileen,
You are so lucky to see a white pelican!! Growing up on the Florida ocean coastline - all of our pelicans are various shades of grey. Didn't know about them until Gail from Louisiana posted photos of the white pelicans!! They are lovely!! Hope his injury won't kill him!! Nice shots!

Noushka said...

Lovely array of birds!
It must be great to see that many at once!
Well done Eileen, enjoy your evening!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Great shot of that white pelican. Too bad he is injured! So sad. Also love seeing the ducks as well. So cute! :)

Kerri said...

Always such a nice variety!!
PS - hoping the snow storm headed up your way doesn't hit you too badly.

Marcia said...

Sounds like a nice trip. I love the Narrows Restaurant. Was there for Sunday lunch in October.

Where do you live in Maryland? I'm in Baltimore County near Granite.

Karen said...

A great series! I'm glad the injured pelican has a safe home.

HansHB said...

Lovely serie of photos!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

love your header shot. trying to pick a fav from these - just can not do it. they are gorgeous birds.

i still can not get one (header photos, so i went with that springy background on my blog) to load on my blog & suddenly my profile pic is gone??!! ... nothing is working for me on blogger. beth is getting frustrated. i need help. i have tried the normal stuff i usually do & it is not working? ) :

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

The killdeer is one of my favorites. Such dramatic markings and funny little movements they make. Love the blue tint in the water where the coots are swimming.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Dangit, hit publish too soon. Also wanted to say that the pelican photo is beautiful, but I'm so sad that he's injured. :(

Phil said...

Eileen I can't get over how many birdy places you have nearby where you can visit and take such varied shots. Like you I think the politicians should find money for wildlife; it's essential to our mental and physical wellbeing to get out outdoors and close to nature. Do they want us all to become couch potatos and end up both brain and body dead?

mick said...

A great series and very nice to see so many waterbirds in one trip.

Carole M. said...

what a lovely outing, and special crab cakes, not something I've had, sounding special. Really liking that Greater Scaup!

Giga said...

Miła wycieczka i śliczne ptaki. Zauroczył mnie jednak ptaszek z parkingu. Pozdrawiam.
Nice hike and beautiful birds. However, I fell in love with the bird park. Yours.

Amanda said...

would love to see a kildeer one day!! (being a plover lover an' all! great.

Carletta said...

Your visits to Blackwater always make me wish we still lived near the coast of Virginia. :)
The pelican looks like it was a little cool that day.
As always a nice post Eileen!

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos of a nice variety of birds!

I seem now to be able to visit your blog again, but we have ongoing problems with our internet security which may mean I can't guarantee being able to visit

Ramakant Pradhan said...

Beautiful pictures. The pelican looks quite fluffy.

DIMI said...

Dear Eileen,you are so lucky seeing all those beautiful birds!I'm so sad for the Pelican.What a shame!I realy enjoyed your exellent photos!Thank you for sharing!Hope you have a lovely evening!
Dimi..

TexWisGirl said...

a nice bunch of birds. love the ringnecks.

Leora said...

Scaups: now there's a new name for me. Love all your bird sightings.

George said...

I don't recall seeing a white pelican before. Your outing last weekend was certainly a fruitful one. Thanks for sharing these photos with us.

Brian King said...

That pelican is a beauty! Good looking ducks, too! Great shots!

AVCr8teur said...

The white pelican is a beauty! It would be neat to sit outdoors at the restaurant, enjoying a meal and see these birds.

NatureFootstep said...

how nice it is to see them again. The ring-necked duck was new to me. The female is gorgeous. :)

Nora at Island Rambles said...

I love the first shot of the pelican, hope he is ok. Nice series of ducks, my favorite things! cheers.

bettyl said...

Such bright white on the pelican! I love your other birds, too.

Debbie said...

i love the pelican, i hope he is not injured too badly.

beautiful ducks!!

Tammy said...

Great variety, Eileen! The White Pelican is beautiful! I ran into a large group of them this past weekend; so fun to watch! The Killdeer is so cute with those big eyes!

Happyone said...

Cool photos. Love the white pelican.

Lynne said...

Great series of bird/duck shots . . .
Loved the Pelican . . . not the injury!

She Who Carries Camera said...

great variety of water birds!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Eileen, Great pictures of the birdies today. Have never seen the Scaups before I don't think. Always enjoy seeing Killdeers. AND --the white Pelican is so pretty. Sorry it may be injured though...

Hugs,
Betsy

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Amazing, the birds. I love them.
Cheers from Cottage Country!

Maria said...

It must have been exciting. We don't get the White Pelican here, but we get the Brown one, ant I love to shoot them at all angles!.

Debbie Miller @HooootOwl said...

Very sweet pelican, beautiful photos. Looks like a wonderful place to bird.

Stewart M said...

Nice set of pictures - I always like finding a "bonus bird" - like your Killdeer, away from the place you were looking.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

A Greenearth said...

What beautiful images, but it all does look very cold.

Ann said...

our coots from Australia. can't imagine the little duck swimming the Tasman sea.

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you show - really like the picture of the white pelican :) Hanne Bente

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Lovely bird photographs Eileen!
I love the little Kildeer - pretty markings too.
Shane ♥

Bob Bushell said...

You caught many birds, the White Pelican was my favourite.

diane b said...

The white pelican is unusual. It looks a great place for walking and birdwatching.

magiceye said...

Superb captures! The white pelican looks grumpy lol!

Carver said...

Great shots of the water birds.

EG CameraGirl said...

Neat sightings, Eileen. I have never seen a pelican of any kind so I would have been ecstatic to have seen this white one!

~~~jennifer~~~ said...

I love killdeers! They are so cute & seem to have a sense of humor. They're almost caroon-like.

Pam ;) said...

The white pelicans are so lovely compared to the drab browns I encounter. Great variety of wildlife at Blackwater NWR- love your captures Eileen.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Your photo of the white pelican is amazing. I love it ! Wonderful photos.

ShySongbird said...

You have a lovely variety of birds both here and on the last post Eileen. The White Pelicans are lovely, so fluffy looking it is interesting to see the birds we have in common such as the Coots and your Kildeer are very similar to our Ringed and Little Ringed Plovers. We also have Shovelers and ocassionaly see Lesser Scaup here too. Your Great Blue Heron is very much like our Grey Heron.

By the way, Ding Darling is a wonderful name ;-)

Laura said...

love that snow white pelican:-)

Lew said...

Thanks for your comment on our cats. We have had both breeder siamese and adopted. These two are not mixed breed. It snowed and rained here today, but with warm ground and temp mid 30's not much is still around.

grammie g said...

HI Eileen ...I love that puffed up Pelican shot..nice!!
Seems you got to see a lot of ducks there !!
Grace

SandyCarlson said...

Utterly gorgeous! I love that pelly!

missing moments said...

A great group of birds. Love white pelicans and glad to see one included.

Icy BC said...

They are all beautiful birds, and I love looking at your photos.

Have a great weekend, and feel well soon!

Nancy Claeys said...

I would love to see the ducks bobbing in the water. Great shots!

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots - love that pelican.

Leave It To Davis said...

You are so blessed to be near a wildlife preserve that has such a variety of birds. That kildeer is a cutey pie and those ducks peeking over their bodies at you are just too cute...acting all shy!

Ebie said...

I have never seen so many variety of birds than your blog Eileen.

I just received a bird photography "workshop" and the organizer is charging $50! And you can get yours for free!

DeniseinVA said...

You always share so many wonderful birds Eileen, always a treat. Thank you and have a great weekend.

Meta said...

Sååå många fina bilder på fåglar och annat med förstås du visar oss varje gång.
ha en fin kväll
Kram Meta

Rambling Woods said...

Oh Eileen..you have access to some of the best birding areas and lovely places to visit..I love when waterfowl tuck themselves in and go with the water...Michelle

pattisjarrett said...

Great birds! Love that white pelican. Occasionally we'll see a killdeer, they are quite entertaining.

Betty Manousos said...

you're fortunate to have this beauty so close!
such beautiful birds! i love that pelly!

i stora drag said...

Hi Eileen, I've seen all your nice birds here and I like to see them and the white pelican.

Thanks a lot for your nice thoughts! I'm now recovering after my thyreoid gland had been taken away, because it was sick. I don't know the exactly name in english, hope you understand anyway.
Greetings Pia

Red Nomad OZ said...

Is it just me? Or does that white pelican look a little surly??!!

Wally Jones said...

What a great post! It instantly brought up memories of my brother and I camping at Blackwater (MANY years ago!) and awaking to the sound of tens of thousands of Canada Geese. They were leaving their roosts just before dawn and were so loud we couldn't hear each other shouting!

Very nice photographs!
---And now I'm hungry for crab cakes!---

eden said...

Beautiful photos. Love that white pelican.

Kalyan P said...

simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

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