Today I went with my mom and her husband Dick on a photo safari near Vero Beach, FL. The first stop was Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. This was the first national wildlife refuge in the US over 100 years ago.
Pelican Island is just what it sounds like and you can view Pelican Island from across the water with the free high powered telescope. This is similar to the ones you see on the top of tall buildings and at other tourist traps except these don't need quarters. The view was too far with even my longest lens to get any good shots but you could see the birds well through the telescope.
The next stop was Sebastian Inlet State Park which separates the ocean from the Indian River. At this stop there was more bird watching, camping, fishing, windsurfing and kite boarding. I got some good shots of the kites too but this post is about birds.
In celebration of Thanksgiving and us as American's consuming the record day of bird I thought I would post a few photos of birds that managed to make it through this day.
...most know that pelican's get fed real well by following the fishing boats and hanging out at the fishing docks Most of these birds can be found all over Florida but the Wood Storks are endangered species and thus much more rare. The White Pelican is wintering bird while the Brown Pelican lives in Florida all year around. Although it looks as if I have photos of both the Brown and the White Pelican both are actually Brown Pelicans. The Brown Pelican is almost entirely brown when he/she is younger and as they mature they have brilliant white necks and yellow parts on their head. The White Pelican by comparison is almost entirely white with a bright yellow-orange bill. Another main difference is that the Brown Pelican feeds while skimming the water and diving into the water. The White Pelican prefers to sit in the water and work in groups to heard fish into the shallower water and eat that way. Most of us that have been to Florida know the way both of them get fed real well is following the fishing boats and hanging out at the fishing docks.
I hope you enjoy these photos of birds giving thanks they weren't born a turkey.