I haven’t really spent much time photographing American White Pelicans this breeding season and it is probably time to do just that. These large, white birds have wingspans of 9 feet or more and breed here in Utah. The pelicans are probably still feeding their young this time of the year and when they do they make long trips from islands in the Great Salt Lake to freshwater areas like the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge to catch fish to feed their chicks.
One of my favorite things is to see is squadrons of American White Pelicans wheeling in the sky high overhead circling until they are out of sight. When they turn in the sky some times it appears that they have disappeared into thin air and with the next turn they look like they have appeared out of no where.
This American White Pelican was flying over Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge last July with the Promontory Mountains in the distance. I recall it being a very clear but very hot day.
I guess I’d better get myself ready for the day, pack up my gear and hit the road. I’ve been out of the field for too long.
Life is good.