Surfing American White Pelicans -- something if asked I would say, I'd never see anything like that. But, thanks to Ivar at the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society , I saw it and got to photograph it! I was in Kennewick giving my presentation on shorebirds and Ivar squired me around for a few hours the morning after the presentation. A big thanks to him and the wonderful people in the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society.
This American White Pelican has the horn or plate on the bill that will be shed after the eggs are laid. With a wing span of 108 inches these pelicans are one of our largest birds in North America.
This was only my second sighting of Western Kingbirds this year, the other was at 70 miles an hour on the freeway, so no pictures of that one. When I see Western Kingbirds, I always think of Kenn Kaufman since that was his nick name when he was doing his big year.
I thought this was an American Crow when I first took the image, but now I think the bill and tail indicate Common Raven. (Let me know if anyone thinks otherwise.)
These are one of my favorite teal, I love the color, and that bright red eye is just fantastic.
Again, thanks to Ivar for sharing his local birds, there would have been more but a cold front was moving through and the wind was a bit fierce at times.
PS I'm at 52 birds photographed this year.