Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pelicans,Robins and Loon

It seems that spring has finally arrived in southern Manitoba.
I hope this is not just a teaser.
The birds on my yard and elsewhere have been very busy feeding.

I was sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather,when a fight broke out.
These two Robins did not seem to like each other.

The other day I spent some enjoyable time at our local lake.
I had seen the  Pelicans and all the action,but didn't know at first what was going on.
I soon realized that they were fishing.You can also see some Double-crested Cormorants among them.
These guys were just waiting for a free lunch,the Pelicans were doing all the work.

Her is just another shot of the action.

I spotted at least four Common Loons on the lake,but they did not come very close to shore.This is about the best picture I could get and it is heavily cropped.

I leave you with a path of stars over the lake.


Thought for today:
Let the beauty of the wild leave footprints on your heart.

42 comments:

Regina said...

Truly wonderful! The robins looks so cute. Love the shimmering water.
Thank you for sharing dear one.
Have a great weekend.
xoxo

Sandra said...

the last photo and the quote are magnificent. you captured the black under the pelicans wings, when seen floating they appear all white and are not. great shots and a wonderful way to spend a day

TexWisGirl said...

that is a gorgeous 'leave' photo! wow! great action shots of the robins and pelicans too! i hope your spring settles in nicely!

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots of the Pelicans, Ruth! They are great birds to see. THe last shot of the shimmering stars is beautiful. Ruth, I hope you have a great weekend and a Happy Mothers Day!

Cicero Sings said...

There are a couple of lakes north of us that are frequented by pelicans but I myself, have never seen them. Maybe one day.

Glad to see you got out and about to take these shots. I'm just in from a walk myself. My sister-in-law's dog got attacked today by another little dog so we doctored its wound before she went home.

LV said...

Spending quiet time on a lake watching the birds is so peaceful and enjoyable.

Shanae Branham said...

Great shot of robins in flight. I also love the shimmering stars on the water. You photos did leave footprints on my heart.

Shug said...

Beautiful Stars! I love to see the glimmering on the lakes like that...A sparkling wonder.
I think these shots are very good...You are very Blessed to have such beautiful birds in your area...
Always, always love your post...
Hugs to you..
shug

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

It seems as if those robin fights are a common sight this spring. But I haven't captured one with the camera yet. I am fascinated by loons. We don't see them often in our area, but I did see one today at the reservoir where I walk. It was too far from shore for a photo, though. Loved your final quote.

Karin said...

The stars on the lake look like the heavens reflected! You do take amazing photos! Love the robins sparring! So cute! Thanks for the blessing!

Janice K said...

I love your quote and all that sparkling water. And, great pictures of the pelicans with their wings outspread. I haven't seen any robins fighting, but I did see some other squabbles.

Diane said...

Oh, what a beautiful thought! I also love the "path of stars" on the lake. The birds are beautiful, a very rare shot, too, of the robins. Blessings, Diane

Ginny Hartzler said...

It is a starry lake, indeed, Ruth. I have seen many robin fights, but never a single pelican. You must have extremly quick reflexes to catch all this. As soon as anything exciting happens here, by the time I get the camera focused, it's all over.

The Retired One said...

Loved all of these shots.I never was able to get the black under the wings of those Pelicans, so I really enjoyed them!

Becky said...

Excellant pictures as usual Ruth!
Love the Loons, and I saw my first one last week. They won't stay though.Pelicans, I thought they were down South?
The last shot is so calming...
B.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

How do the commorants snatch the fish from the Pelicans?

May be they are escappees from the Chinese fisherman, so they didn't mind the few fished snatched away.

forgetmenot said...

Ruth, Excellent shots of the birds. You caught all the "action". Hope you have a lovely weekend. Mickie :)

Sharon M said...

Great photos! I love the one of the robins.

Betty Manousos said...

hera are some rare shots!

great series of photos!
looks like you had fun.

have a lovely day!

betty xx

Betty Manousos said...

brilliant quote too!

thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

Great shots! I love those pelicans! I've always wanted to see a Loon....they look so unusual and beautiful.

Michelle said...

Oh, how I miss seeing the Loons! Thank you for that. As always your photos are great. Love the pelican action and the sparkly water. 'Hope you have a very blessed day today.

John's Island said...

A great post, Ruth! I haven't visited for a few days and just looked at some of the older posts too. Your flower pictures are wonderful. Jake would be proud of the photos you are taking! Sure enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing Ruth! John

Dawning Inspiration said...

Beautiful job!!

EG CameraGirl said...

Great action shots of the robins an pelicans. And I love the sparkling light on the water. I may have to visit Manitoba to get a decent shot of a loon. I cannot get close enough to any in Ontario!

grammie g said...

Hi Ruth...It looks like you had a little squabble of your own with your Robins pelicans and comorant putting on a show for you!!
I do love the Loons!! The lake in northern Maine where I grew up had so many, now people,boats,and cottage have made it hard for them to nest. : {
Great photos...have a great Mothers Day weekend!!

Unknown said...

Great photos! Love the action.

Unknown said...

Loved the pictures-esp. the stars over the lake.

Linda said...

Beautiful photo!!
Have a great weekend! :)

Ruth said...

The odd Pelican stops in Ontario and causes a rush of birders to travel to see it. How nice to see a group like that.

Lisa said...

Just beautiful..Spring is here also. Nice to able to go outside and just sit . Loved your photo and your thought of the day.

Elaine said...

Gorgeous, Ruth! It is so interesting to see the many different birds in everyone else's area. I love your quote. The beauty of the wild has left huge footprints in my heart, and fortunately I live in a place where it is abundant.

Pat said...

It looks like the robins are having a territorial dispute. I really like the action shots of the pelicans feeding and the cormorants watching and waiting for their free meal.

I can't tell that the photo of the loon is cropped--it's great!

And finally the last photo of the silhouetted tree against the shimmering lake is stunning. What a perfect title for the picture..."path of stars over the lake."

My name is Riet said...

Wow Ruth, your bird phooto's are amazing and beautiful.
have a wonderful weekend

Leah said...

Awesome Picture's Ruth! Yes, and I truly hope that Spring is here, it's been a long winter. Ready for some warmth! Have a good Mother's Day!

Unknown said...

Oh, how I love pelicans. To me, they look like they're having a good time even when they're just floating around. I know, if I were one of them, *I* would be having a blast, as a bird. :o)

Take good care and keep your eyes open because there is beauty and love everywhere you look!

S. Etole said...

These are beautiful, Ruth and I like the quote.

Blessings to you this week-end.

Anita Johnson said...

Beautiful photos, I have been in love with loons ever since th movie, "On Golden Pond"! Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Lovely, Ruth. The last photo makes me want to just sit down and watch the wildlife. Hope you have a wonderful weekend (and Mother's day).

Sarah Knight said...

Lovely shots of lovely birds!
Have a Happy Mother's Day!

Willard said...

I enjoyed seeing the results of your day at the lake. I always like to see the photos of interaction between birds and animals and strive to capture such situations too! It seems spring is here to stay in our area too.

me ann my camera said...

You have captured some lovely action shots. How wonderful to have pelicans near by. I remember seeing Pelicans in Calgary. It was so nice and surprising to find White Pelicans on the Prairies.