Thursday, April 17, 2014

THIRTY DAY CHALLENGE--A PHOTO A DAY--day seventeen


It's still plenty cold here in the morning.

The sprinklers on the golf course made their own ice sculptures.

This gives playing out of the rough a whole new meaning.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

THIRTY DAY CHALLENGE--A PHOTO A DAY--day sixteen


I was riding my bike past a small pond this morning and stopped to take some photographs of a flock of pelicans making a rest stop on their way to their nesting grounds just north of here.

 I woke them up from their nap in the sun.   I like how they look like old men with their fluffy top knots and their wrinkled faces.  Their red boots are very stylish.

The following info borrowed from Wikipedia:  The American White Pelican rivals the trumpeter swan as the largest bird native to North America.

 The plumage is almost entirely bright white, except the black primary and secondary flight feathers.

 The bill is huge and flat on the top, with a large throat sac below.  In the breeding season, there is a laterally flattened "horn" on the upper bill, located about one-third the bill's length behind the tip. This is the only one of the eight species of pelican to have a bill "horn". The horn is shed after the birds have mated and laid their eggs. 

A side note:  My fisherman hubby has no kind feelings for the flocks of pelicans who help themselves to more than the legal limit of the trout in his favorite lakes.