Wednesday, May 1, 2013

100+ American White Pelicans Visit Prescott


Getting ready to leave
Yesterday was a red letter birding day!  Peter and I went to Willow Lake, Prescott AZ to see if indeed over 100 American White Pelicans were visiting.  We could see a large white mass at the edge of the lake as we parked, took out our cameras, tripods, binoculars and the scope!  We were armed and ready!
It’s a short rocky walk to the water’s edge and we were not the only humans looking.  We walked as close as we dared without alarming them and set up the equipment.  As the sun warmed the pelicans, they started swimming toward the center of the lake and eventually took flight.  It was mesmerizing to see them ride the thermals as they flew to their next destination. 
1st section of panarama

2nd section of panarama

3rd section of panarama

Swimming to the center of the lake

Riding the thermals

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

100+ American White Pelicans Visit Prescott


Getting ready to leave
Yesterday was a red letter birding day!  Peter and I went to Willow Lake, Prescott AZ to see if indeed over 100 American White Pelicans were visiting.  We could see a large white mass at the edge of the lake as we parked, took out our cameras, tripods, binoculars and the scope!  We were armed and ready!
It’s a short rocky walk to the water’s edge and we were not the only humans looking.  We walked as close as we dared without alarming them and set up the equipment.  As the sun warmed the pelicans, they started swimming toward the center of the lake and eventually took flight.  It was mesmerizing to see them ride the thermals as they flew to their next destination. 
1st section of panarama

2nd section of panarama

3rd section of panarama

Swimming to the center of the lake

Riding the thermals