American White Pelican, (Pelecanus erthyrorhtnchos)
Length; 5'2", Wingspan; 9 feet, Weight; 16.4 pounds
It takes a bit of space to get into the air.
White Pelicans take flight
Time to head to another pond.
Leaving Turkey Pond
Great White Egrets watch the Pelicans depart.
I wonder if they spotted me?
American White Pelican
Nothing like a good bath in the sun.
American White Pelican
Look at the detail of the feathers on the right wing.
Rice Gate at the Northwest end of House Pond.
The Chinese Tallow Tree, an invasive species.
But, oh, so pretty in the late fall with a curtain of Spanish Moss behind it.
The Inn facing the Pocotaligo River
Looking North from the dock at the Inn.
The leaves are still wet from the storm, adding a fresh vibrance to our late fall color.
Camellia , rain drops and a few ants.
Butterfly Garden at the Inn
A few flowers hang on....
A view from the drive at the Inn
Life on a brick
This is an edge of a brick on the wall at the Inn. Amazing plant life.
Suddenly, the White Pelicans took flgiht.
A moment later horses and riders came down the dike.
A group of White Pelicans is known as a Squadron
I find the underside of a birds wing very fascinating.
Wing Span nine feet, think about it!
Great Egret, hanging out on the bank above the White Pelicans.
Looks like a big fish to swallow.
Nothing like rain to clean the Moss and make the Resurrection Ferns turn green.
Little Bird, big attitude, hard to get a photo!
Camellias are starting to bloom.
Low tide on the Pocotaligo River.
Winter butterfly finds some flowers.
A beautiful curtain of Spanish Moss
Pink and Pretty
Camellia with rain drops.
A white Camellia
Up up and away
Birds often "lighten the load" for flying.
White Pelicans are almost double the size of a Brown Pelican
Heading out over the Pocotaligo river.
The White Pelicans are know to work together while gathering food.
Love the detail of the feathers.
Looks like a concert is about to begin.
A moment in time.
House Pond is being filled.
House Pond was drained March of 2108 to dredge the edges. The digging took longer than expected, but now we are seeing water fill the pond.
The area in front of the Inn
Everything was given a very good cleaning, about 4 inches of rain in 48 hours!
Walking up from the dock toward the Inn.
Pluff Mudd and perhaps an old ceramic bottle???
Waiting for the winter butterflies to land.
A large tree on the left hand side of the front door at the Inn.
Resurrection Fern is and Spanish Moss
This fern looks brown and dried up until it rains....
A Camellia blooming in front of the Inn