Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fall Migration-American White Pelicans

A quick trip on a gorgeous day to Goose Lake Prairie yesterday produced a few decent images, but this one I am showcasing here was my favorite, since I shoot very few scenics. I will save the others for tomorrow...



Alot of my blogger friends occasionally question why there are pelicans in Illinois when I post about them. The reason is that I am located on a migration route, and happen to live near 2 Nuclear Power Cooling Lakes, where the water temps can reach into the 100's at the peak of summer. These types of lakes attract 100's and 100's of American White Pelicans on their journey both north and south, and stay for weeks at a time. Some have even stayed and made it their home year round. That is why there are pelicans in Illinois. These pelicans were just flying in from a nearby cooling lake to fish a large pond nearby at Goose Lake Prairie State Park.

7 comments:

fotoshooter43 said...

Awesome!!! I am looking forward to tomorrows post also.

Montanagirl said...

Great shot. Waiting for tomorrow's post!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is a gorgeous picture.This one needs to be on a calendar.
Blessings,Ruth

Chris said...

HI,
This is a beautiful scenery shot. Congrats!! I usually do not shoot scenery like that neither, I'm not that good at it! But you are...
Yeh sometime it is funny to see strange birds in some region and we tend to forget that they migrate :-)

Eve said...

I love the photo Hannibal. I hope to get to see some of these guys here in Alabama.

Leeloo's mum said...

Great shot, love it!

Bird Girl said...

There is just something wonderful about this picture - it has everything! Very nicely done!