Two Wrens and a Pelican


Yesterday was a great day to get back out and do a little birding, plus try for some photo opportunities.  After so many days of being cooped up inside, I was anxious for some excitement.

As we entered Spring Creek Park, we first spotted a large white object out on the river.  Ann at first thought it to be one of the large Mute Swans that frequent the area.  As we got closer, we realized that it was an American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos).  We were surprised to see only one, as a larger flock of 20-30 had been seen at another location a day or two before.  But it seemed unconcerned as it swam leisurely along.  Since it was moving steadily, I had to re-maneuver my car several times to get a good position for a shot.

American White Pelican at Spring Creek Park in San Angelo, Texas.

American White Pelican at Spring Creek Park in San Angelo, Texas.

After getting several images of the pelican, we moved along to another area.  One of my favorite spots is along one of the park perimeter fences.  There is a lot of dense brush along and intertwined with the fence.  I like to just creep the car along that fence, just at idling speed, and maybe about 10 feet from the brush.  If I do it silently enough I can hear the tiny birds within.  It is great fun, as you never know what turns up.  Yesterday, I got lucky, spotting a tiny colorful bird flitting around in the mesquite.  I realized that I was looking at a Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus).  The first that I had seen this year.  I readied my Canon EOS7D with 500mm lens and 1.4 tele-converter, and waited patiently for the bird to make an unobstructed appearance.  The trouble with this type of photography, is the dense brush that must be tolerated.  I usually just use the main center focus point so it easier to “aim” between the branches.  My patience paid off and I managed to get several images when it sat momentarily on a twig.  Of course, as I have to do with almost all of my tiny bird photographs, the image is cropped extensively.

Carolina Wren among the mesquites.

Carolina Wren among the mesquites.

I was excited with these finds, but as we were leaving the park, another opportunity presented itself.  Again, there was some heavy brush near the entrance, so I ventured close to it, as I had when I saw the Carolina Wren.  This time I saw a Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii).  It wasn’t into the brush as deep as the carolina, and much closer.  I was able to use the 7D with my 100-400mm lens.  It made the job easier by hopping into the clear for me for a few seconds.  It felt nice to see two wrens, and photograph them both, in the same day

Bewick's Wren

Bewick’s Wren

This was fun day, and I hope to have many more to share with you.  Click on any image to see an enlargement.

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33 thoughts on “Two Wrens and a Pelican

  1. Love the photos , so itching for spring. I got an e-mail from someone identifying themself as you asking for money because you are stranded in the Phillipines. I notified my e-mail provider and i see you are dealing with this. usually this goes out to everyone who is a contact. Sorry to hear you are having to deal with this.

  2. Glad you are out shooting again,Maestro….bet the birds missed you…..maybe we can all summon some “angry birds” to go get that hacker! Be well!

  3. It has such a nice ring to it, Two Wrens and a Pelican, like a song title. I love the Carolina Wren, and the Bewick’s I am dying to see again. Carolina Wrens are starting to creep northward. I have heard them more than seen. Great pix. Thanks for sharing them!

    • Thanks, Lisa, for the nice note. As for the title, I don’t have much imagination. That Carolina Wren was a colorful little cutie and it was the first that I had seen actually since last summer, I believe. We have Bewick’s all over down here. I appreciate your comments. Thanks, again.

    • Thanks, Karen, I appreciate your thoughts. I locked up my FB account. The hacker changed my password there so I can’t sign in. My e-mails and contacts were lost, but I got a new address now and a new password.

      • I am glad you are aware of this. I was just trying to call you. I had emailed to make sure you were aware you were hacked, and just got a reply saying “I was not hacked I need help getting home.” I knew it was a scam, but wanted you to know what was being said etc.

  4. Hi Bob. I got the email about funds as well, and when I sent and email to your address (not a reply) I got an almost immediate response saying that it was you!! This just happened about 5 minutes ago, so whoever it is seems to have hijacked the accounts. (Glad it isn’t you)

  5. Just wanted to let you know that I think your email has been hacked. I just got a message saying you’re in the Phillipines and need me to send you $2,100. Now if you truly are, I will send what I can. 🙂

  6. Great shots, especially of the wrens. I’ve been chasing a Carolina wren around here the last two weekends. All I’ve gotten so far are two blurry shots, and a shot of it’s beak sticking out from behind a branch. They never sit still!

  7. The Pelican is marvelous..we have these birds in the summer time in the Grand Lake Area of Colorado..also I love the wrens..there is something about them that are so appealing. I do miss the Cactus Wrens in Arizona. Your shots are great…

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