Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pelican Lake,Manitoba

On September 17,my sister Becky and I took a drive to Pelican Lake,which is about 1½ hours west of Morden. This is a fairly large lake at about 1 mile wide and 11 miles long. I had hoped for more fall colours,but in the end I was not disappointed. Come along and see what we found.



There was some color in the bushes.

We drove to first one side of the lake and then around to the other side.I thought this was quite pretty.


When we returned to the west side of the lake I was surprised to see a great Blue Heron right at the edge of the water.I was sure he would take off immediately,so I snapped a few shots from the car.


I parked the car and slowly walked toward him.I know that many of you know that I have often said that I never get a good shot of one of these guys. I couldn't believe that he wasn't flying away.


I would take a few steps, fire a couple of shots and take a few more steps closer.The Heron was so intent on his fishing that, even though he knew I was there, he didn't care. This picture has not been cropped, so you know I was fairly close by now.


Finally,I guess he had enough of me and flew away, calling as he went.I kept on shooting. At this point,I think I was smiling from ear to ear.These are, no doubt, the best Great Blue Heron photos I have ever gotten.


Oh yes, just to prove I was at the lake,I have to show at least one lake scene.

The drive home was not uneventful either. We saw a field with many Snow and Blue Geese on it.I stopped the car as quickly as possible,backed up and jumped out of the car, ready to start shooting.

The next three photos are what I fully expected to see.An explosion of wings.


I end this post with the tail ends of these geese as they leave the area.

Closing Thought:
Hummingbirds,beetles or birds.
The Glory of God might be where you least expect it.

29 comments:

Sandra said...

love the lift off of the heron and also the lift off of the goose. these are beautiful pics. I can almost hear the wings

Dorothy said...

Love all your pictures, especially the Heron and the Geese! Great shots!

Christine said...

You really did it this time! Wonderful shots of the blue heron and geese in flight!

Ginny Hartzler said...

I LOVE the last two pictures!!! We have lot of blue Herons here, but I just cannot get a shot of them flying. Yours is wonderful!!!! I can even see his knees! Your first picture is a favorite, too.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

You got some very nice shots of the blue heron. And the take-off shots of the geese are wonderful.

Barb said...

What great photos, Ruth. I particularly love the action shots of the birds flying. Yes, I bet you were smiling!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful lake and a magnificdnt blue heron, Ruth. He posed nicely for your camera.

Happytrails said...

You were able to take some great pics especially of the heron taking his flight. The flight off the ground pics of the geese were really good. Thanks for sharing your pics and thoughts.

Debbie said...

wonderful!! the heron captures are amazing!! nice in-flight images!!

Fit the Piece said...

Love the shots you got of the Blue Heron!

Anonymous said...

Nice to see the colorful bushes. amazing shots of pelican:)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

These are wonderful shots, Ruth. The heron is beautiful and the shot of him in flight is just awesome! I smiled at the idea of him smiling while winging away. :) Your fall trees are pretty and the lake shot makes a very lovely scene. Have a nice week!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Love all the photos dear Ruth. The one with the heron and his reflection in the lake is really nice. Love the fall colors also and the geese. God's creation is awesome.

Have a great day ~ FlowerLady

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Love that thought: The Glory of God may be where you LEAST expect it.

Great pictures and what a neat ride you all had.... Love the Heron... He really posed for the pictures... I think he knew how NICE you are....

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

happyone said...

Oh wow you did get some great shots of the heron. His take off is exceptional.

George said...

Wow! Great shots of the heron. Your photos of all goose wings are pretty great as well. Thanks for going out to the lake and taking us with you.

Debby Ray said...

Oh how beautiful! You certainly was able to capture some wonderful action shots!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

I know well the thrill of getting a shot of an animal you have longed for! Your blue heron friend was so very cooperative, and quite a handsome fella to boot! How exciting to be able to get this close to him and to see him in action! Wonderful that you and your sister were able to get out for such a lovely drive together, and pretty colors on the lake! Enjoyed your bird wing shots too, amazing to see! Hugs to you today :)

Rose L said...

Wonderful shots! You are so lucky to have got the heron before he flew.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

the autumn tre colouring is stunning/ Lovet all the heron images and reflections. I have never hard or seen Blue geese so that was very interesting Ruth

Hootin' Anni said...

You had me feeling as if I was right beside you today!

A Joyful Chaos said...

You got some great pictures of the geese! We have a pair that stay around our creek and waterfall year round. They're so much fun to watch.

Blessings~

likeschocolate said...

So so lovely! Have a great weekend!

Kim said...

Wow you sure did get many good shots of all these birds! Funny you proved you were at a lake!

CountryMum said...

It is very pretty indeed. Wonderful photos of the birdlife.

Rick said...

Beautiful shots, Ruth. What a wonderful creation for us to enjoy ! (I've often thought if more people - think of the kids getting sucked into gangs - had the opportunity to truly experience the creation, would there be as much turmoil and mayhem as there is in the world).

Have a blessed week.

E. said...

I love all the wings, so pretty. i need to get to Manitoba, we have not made it to that area of Canada ... or is it a territory. i am sorry i don't know the difference ... we loved our last trip to the Niagara area for a camping event (rally), September. such a gorgeous area. we had a ball meeting new Canada camper folks, so fun!! ( ;

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Wow! I love your photos especially of the birds. Great shots.

Rose said...

Great captures. And I LOVE that second photo!