Westport Brown Pelicans

Hard to believe that it has taken over a week for me to download these pictures I took at the beach a week ago Monday. With all the cement blocks and tiles in place, I decided it was time to see if the Fall Migration was still going on at the coast. Though birders we met at Bottle Beach said the birding was great on Saturday, it was painfully slow on the day I was there.

It was hard to complain, though, and perhaps to be expected, because the weather was awesome. It was sunny with temperatures in the low 70’s and little or no fog. For me, seeing the Brown Pelicans, which we hadn’t seen in our early summer visit, made the trip worthwhile.

On our early visit, we only saw four Brown Pelicans but I managed to get some decent shots because the lighting was great and I could use a fast shutter speed.

Despite deep shadows, I loved how crisp these shots were.

After talking to another birder at Bottle Beach who informed me that there were more Pelicans at the east end of town, I headed back to Westport after a disappointingly slow showing of shorebirds.

He was right and I got another chance to photograph Brown Pelicans

in a variety of poses.

I even captured a shot of a juvenile Brown Pelican.

The Pelicans made my day.

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