Bird Weekly Challenge #11: Rare Bird for your Area

Several years ago, Henry and I were sitting on our back deck when a big pink bird flew over the marsh and landed in the creek. Like any good bird photographer I grabbed my camera and went out to investigate.

There were two Roseate Spoonbills searching for food in the creek bed. Until that sighting I had never seen one of these magnificent birds in our area.

Roseate Spoonbill in Georgia Tidal Creek
Roseate Spoonbill with 2 young juvenile little blue herons in Georgia

There was another Roseate Spoonbill in the creek for a few days the next year. Sadly, they haven’t been back since then.

Roseate Spoonbill in Georgia Creek

One winter a few years ago a Snowy Owl was spotted on top of one of the condominium buildings at the beach. Of course I grabbed my camera and went in search of this bird rarely seen in coastal Georgia. I set up my tripod with other excited birders and snapped away. He was pretty far off but I managed to get this shot. Can you see his yellow eyes?

Snowy Owl, Tybee Island, Georgia

Thanks you Lisa. for this challenge. Her original post is Bird Weekly Challenge #10 – Rare bird for your area

Bird Weekly Challenge #10: Yellow or Orange Legged Birds

For this week’s challenge I chose a few images of my favorite orange legged bird, the American White Pelican. With a wing span of up to 9 feet, they are one of largest birds in North America.

My first sighting of them was in Cedar Key, Florida. I have also seen huge flocks in Everglades National Park, on the Texas Gulf Coast, and have even seen a flock on Lake Chicot in Arkansas.

I fell in love with these birds when I first saw them several years ago while on a nature cruise in the waters around Cedar Key. Our captain took us by several flocks standing on sandbars and some flew right beside the boat.

White Pelicans, Cedar Key, Florida
White Pelicans, Cedar Key, Florida
American White Pelicans, Cedar Key, Florida
American White Pelicans flying by the boat

At Goose Island State Park on the Texas Gulf Coast there were White Pelicans hanging around the docks every day hoping for an easy meal.

White Pelicans go after a fish carcass tossed out by fisherman at a fish cleaning station in Texas

I was surprised to see a huge flock of big white birds on Lake Chicot in Arkansas. It wasn’t until I got out the binoculars that I could see they were White Pelicans. They were too far away to get a good photo but I was able to capture this one flying on the other side of lake while a Great Blue Heron stood in the shallow water by the shoreline.

White Pelican flies by blue heron over Lake Chicot

Thanks you Lisa. for this challenge. Her original post is Bird Weekly Challenge #10 – Yellow or Orange Legged Birds

Bird weekly Challenge #9: Birds of Prey

Of all the birds of prey I’ve seen in the wild, the Bald Eagle is by far my favorite. These magnificent birds mate for life and return to the same nest year after year. Alaska is a Bald Eagle lovers paradise.

Bale Eagle at Ninilchik Beach
Bald Eagle at Chilcoot Lake State Park, Haines, AK
Mama and baby eagles across from the Homer Post Office
Eagle soaring overhead in Homer

There are Bald Eagles on some of the Georgia barrier islands near our home but it isn’t every day that one decides to perch on top of our neighbor’s dock house. I was able to get a photo of this Bald Eagle on a foggy December afternoon.

Bald Eagle

Sometimes I can hear the owls in the trees in our neighborhood but they are hard to see. One morning this juvenile horned owl perched on our dock for a while.

Juvenile Horned Owl

Hawks are birds of prey I’ve often seen in Georgia and Florida.

Red Shouldered Hawk, Everglades National Park, Florida

An occasional hawk will fly over our back yard in search of a tasty morsel. One day one stopped for a break on a fence post.

Hawk in coastal Georgia

I often see ospreys soaring overhead as they search for food. I have managed to capture some on their nests.

Osprey on nest, Everglades National Park, Florida
Pair of Ospreys on the nature trail, Gulf Islands National Seashore at Ft. Pickens, Florida

Thanks you Lisa. for this challenge. Her original post is Bird Weekly Challenge #9 – Birds of Prey

Bird weekly Challenge #8 – Birds at the feeder

Although my backyard bird feeder in coastal Georgia attracts many varieties of birds, my favorites are the Painted Buntings. I keep the feeder filled with their favorite seeds all year round.

Male Painted Bunting
Female Painted Bunting at the feeder

I enjoy watching the Ruby Throated hummingbirds as they dart between the three hummingbird feeders and the flowers in the butterfly garden.

Ruby throated hummingbird at the feeder

Thanks you Lisa. for this challenge at Bird Weekly Challenge #8 – Birds at the Feeder