Morning Birds

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Photographer Susan Black got to the park early and was rewarded with these images of three of the bigger birds: a Great Blue Heron, two Brown Pelicans, and a Black-crowned Night-Heron. My favorite is the Night-Heron. It looks like the bird was in a tussle. (You should have seen the other bird!) It needed to spend a good long time preening to get back into its normal sleek and beautiful condition.

The Brown Pelican photo shows the one bird trying to scoop up little fish near the surface with a horizontal sweep of its big beak. Usually I see them dipping their beaks vertically.

The Great Blue Heron stalks along with its head high as if it owned the place. Well, in a way it does.

These are well done images. Thank you Susan for sharing.

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