J.N. “Ding” Darling – finale

About halfway into the refuge, there was a crowd watching a crowd. There must have been a hundred White Pelicans. I have seen them in my neighborhood during their migration but only ten or twenty at a time. I have also never witnessed them feeding this way. Normally I see them dive bombing the fish as they fly across the water. These ones just seemed to be fishing with a net. They would swim, twenty abreast, and in unison dip their heads under the water trawling with their throat pouch.

They stuck pretty close together but I finally got one on his own.

Near the end of my visit I saw these beautifully colored Roseate Spoonbills. The early morning light really accented their color.

They were more skittish than most of the other species but I did get a pretty good shot from afar.

All in all, a very nice place to visit. Next time I am back in the area, I might pass on the Venice Rookery and spend more time here.


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