On the Matanzas River

Mature brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

I had a great opportunity today to get out on the water on a pontoon boat on the Matanzas River to scout in preparation for the upcoming Christmas Bird Count. I was accompanied by several folks who will be conducting the official count on Sunday. Today, we wanted to see where the birds are located along the waterway now and we wanted to have an expert birder teach the rest of us tips to improve our bird identification.

It was an amazing day on the water and we saw a nice variety of birds. I think we all feel better about our ability to handle the official count on Sunday.

I found it difficult to capture good shots while moving in the boat, but I was able to capture some. Other photographs were good enough for us to validate our bird identification. I had the most fun watching the pelicans fish.

Immature brown pelican. I love the way pelicans can hang goofy-like in the air.
A mature brown pelican.
Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis).
Black-bellied plover in front ((Pluvialis squatarola) and a greater yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca).

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