Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NATURE NOTES AND WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY

Today it's husband Gregg's birthday, a day for family celebration, so Happy Birthday to my special guy who to me is one in a billion.

Today I am linking with Michelle's Nature Notes and Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday.  Thanks for hosting Michelle and Stewart. 



My Photos of these American White Pelicans were taken at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, link here.


A lot of the birds are wild and tend to fly into the park in droves when it is feeding time for the resident birds.





Added note: Gail of Louisianna Belle had noticed the bump on the pelicans' beaks, and asked about them in her comments.  I had wondered about it myself and meant to look it up but had forgotten, so thanks Gail for the nudge.  I read that the bump appears on both male and female pelicans during breeding season, but once breeding season is over it disappears.  

37 comments:

Kerri Farley said...

OH I just LOVE Pelicans! Super shots!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

I don't think I have ever seen that many all posed up close like that. Nice shots!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Oh and Happy Birthday to your dh!

Jane and Chris said...

Happy Birthday, Gregg!
Jane x

David Oliver said...

Oh, these are gorgeous creatures and how good they took a bath - well, they must have the are so white - for you to take their picture.

I love your header picture though. Those birds all have different expressions. It's like looking a group of people who are listening to a speech.

Hope you and Greg all the best for this special day!

KaHolly said...

Happy Birthday, Gregg!! I love pelicans! I've just returned from two weeks on the TX Gulf Shore and have a zillion pelican pictures to cull!!

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Lovely birds, great shots, happy birthday to Gregg...who at least I've seen here on blog so I kind of know.

Karen said...

I LOVE pelicans! Excellent shots, that last one is superb. Happy Birthday Gregg!

Jan said...

Happy Birthday to Gregg. I love your photos of the pelicans, each one is great.

TexWisGirl said...

they are SO cute! :)

happy birthday, dear gregg!

orvokki said...

So wonderful and cute pelicans. I've seen them in nature, only in zoo.
Happy day to you.

Gail Dixon said...

Happy birthday to Gregg (again). :) Our white pelicans do not have bumps on their beaks. Wonder what that's about? Your photos are really great!

Elephant's Child said...

Happy Birthday Gregg.
Love the pelicans - particularly the last shot. What an incredible thing to see.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

These are very white pelicans, such a graceful and entertaining bird, I like them 'almost' as much as seagulls!
Wishing your Gregg a fabulous day and if you post any birthday food pics I'll just close my eyes - the diet continues.............
Enjoy the day!
Rose

Brian King said...

Very nice! The only pelican I've seen in the wild is the Brown Pelican.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Nothing dumb about those pelicans -- they know when the restaurant opens!

Roy Norris said...

Great photos Denise, but what a very strange bird.

Carole M. said...

the pelican shots are fabulous, and birthday greetings to your great hubby Gregg; enjoy!

eileeninmd said...

I love the Pelicans, awesome shots Denise!

Carver said...

Great shots of the pelicans. Happy Birthday to Gregg. Today is my sister's birthday. I hope Gregg has a happy day and year ahead and you too of course.

Margaret Adamson said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your Hubby. Love the Pelicans. They look so white

HansHB said...

Awesome serie, well done!

DeniseinVA said...

Thank you all for leaving all your lovely comments and wishing Gregg a happy birthday. He has had a lovely time reading them.

I have been trying to answer here but have also been visiting your blogs and I hope I have returned every one’s visit by now.

As you probably know I don’t publish anonymous comments but I had this one, which was very nice and I thought I would repeat it below.

“Interesting birds. Clever too. BTW your meal for St. Patrick’s Day looks yummy. I overcooked mine so we had mushy cabbage. Next time we’ll come to your house! Happy Birthday Gregg.”

To that commenter I say thank you and please let me know who you are by leaving your name. I have a feeling I must know you but not 100 percent sure. I’ve had my fair share of mushy cabbage in years past, but this time everything seemed to turn out well.

David, I know you are in hiatus at the moment but just wanted to say thank you for all the visits and nice comments :)

KaHolly, the TX Gulf Shore is a place where I would love to go birding. Look forward to seeing those picture.

Gail, by now you may have read my message about those bumps on the beaks and I have also added the explanation on the end of my post.

I have not done very well answering all of you here on each post but hopefully I have returned each visit by now.

Thanks again for all your birthday greetings. You are such a wonderful blogging community and I am very happy to be part of it.

Linda said...

Beautiful shots of the pelicans. I've seen them fly by when at the beach.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Happy Birthday to your husband. Those bird pics are amazing. I like the seagulls in the header, but on the beach they make me nervous overhead...LOL

William Kendall said...

A very happy birthday to Gregg!

They look so awkward... but it makes them so appealing! Terrific shots, Denise.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Definitely high breeding season.

weekend et coup de brosse said...

Tes photos sont superbes, j'adore !
Your photos are beautiful, very nice post!

Ileana said...

Cute birds!

Indrani said...

Such pleasing sights!
All in a row, they look so disciplined.

Gunilla Bäck said...

I've only seen pelicans at the zoo. They're beautiful birds. Happy birthday to Greg!

Bryan said...

I particularly like the last one with the pelicans sharing the log with the white ibis.

Stewart M said...

I was wondering about the bump as well.

I like that last image - its a great composition.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

PS: I sorted the link!

Marie said...

Beautiful photos! Interesting about the bump on their beaks.

Rambling Woods said...

Happy Birthday to Greg! I love the photos of the pelicans.... Michelle

Pat said...

They are such cool birds. I love that last shot.

SeagullSuzie said...

Oh they are so beautiful.