It's been a few years since Jim and I went 'white pelican' hunting. I remember when Jim came home from work and he said that some one at work told him the white pelicans were hanging out at a lake not to far from our house. We grabbed our long lenses and headed over to find them. After finding them, we soon saw they were taking off and heading somewhere else....we followed, went to a pond in an apartment complex.
This time we went over to Lake Morton in Lakeland, Florida. A friend told us they come there every year. It was much easier this time - we didn't have to hunt nor try to figure out where they were flying away to. They were all lined up on the north east bank of the lake, like they were just waiting. It was mid-morning, a little later than I wanted but still a great time to photograph them.
So now that we have found quite a few lined up on the banks, how best to get some memorable photographs? I started looking for a pelican or two that were by themselves so I could photograph it with out the clutter of several pelicans. This one was laying down relaxing and the sun was lighting up the blue eye.
As time went on, the pelicans started flying away - where to this time? I didn't see and we didn't follow them as we already had some great photographs of them. This one took off from the little wall bank and flew a short distance into the lake.
For more photographs of the white pelicans, white geese and black geese that were at this lake this morning, visit http://www.vpshoots.com/wildlife
The newer photographs are towards the end of this gallery - but if you haven't seen our wildlife gallery, now is a great time to view some of our earlier photographing trips.