Brown Pelican in West Texas


Hot days and no new birds.  The migration isn’t here yet, although I have received reports that it has started up north, so they are on the way here.  I will welcome them.  Anyway, in the meantime, it is back to my archives to see what I have forgotten about.

Going all the way back to 2011, and what did I find.  A bunch of photos of a Brown Pelicans that made an out-of-the-way stop at the City Water Ponds down in Eldorado.  They are indigent to the gulf coast, but on rare occasions one will make it’s way to our warm climes here in west Texas.

On this particular occasion, our friends that live in Eldorado, only a few blocks from the ponds, called us immediately after they spotted him.  It’s nice to have friends in high places.  Anyway, we were down there within an hour.  Here are a few of the images that I was able to get.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Look Ma!!!

Look Ma!!!

Brown Pelican in flight

Brown Pelican in flight

Brown Pelican in flight.

Brown Pelican in flight.

Click on any image to see some enlargements.  Hope you enjoy.

Brown Pelican with captions.


I went back out on Saturday afternoon to see if the Brown Pelican was still at Middle Concho Park.  He was, still sitting on the same buoy.  He had been seen earlier flying nearby, but this must be his favorite perch.  The lighting was still not very good.  Even though it was later in the day, with no clouds and a bright sun, the conditions were less than perfect.  Such is the way of a professional wildlife photographer.  We have to dance with the lady we brought.  Try to make lemonade from the lemons.

The pelican wasn’t very active.  Mostly perched, and occasionally preened and posed for me in various positions.  Here is how I in interpreted those poses.

"Do you like this side profile?"

“Do you like this side profile?”

"Betcha you can't do this."

“Betcha you can’t do this.”

"Hmmm.....what have we here?"

“Hmmm…..what have we here?”

"How about a head and shoulders for my presidential library?"

“How about a head and shoulders for my presidential library?”

I hope you enjoyed these photos, and my captions.  Click on any image to see an enlargement.

Brown Pelican: Rare San Angelo visitor


I was busy in my office this morning when I got a call from our birder friend, Sue Oliver.  She was at Middle Concho Park and had just seen a Brown Pelican sitting on a buoy in the water.  I grabbed my hat, my wife, my cameras, not necessarily in that order, and jumped in the car.  The Brown Pelican is a rare visitor to the San Angelo area.  The last time I had seen one was about five years ago and that was about forty miles south in Eldorado, Texas.

Anyway, about ten minutes later we were at the park, and sure enough, the pelican was sitting on the same buoy that Sue had described.  It was in no hurry to leave, so I was able to get several images over the course of about thirty minutes.  By that time, I had decided that it was going to be there for quite some time, so we headed home.  The sun was very harsh, and glaring.  Sometimes clear blue skies do not work for good photos.

You can tell in the photos the trouble I was having with the exposure, the pelican was pretty much back-lit, but I wasn’t going let that stop me.  I didn’t know how long the bird would be hanging around.  It could leave any minute to fly back to the Gulf coast where it belongs, about 450 miles away.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

I may go back this evening as the clouds are beginning to build up and I may have better lighting.  Click on any image to see an enlargement.