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Nonbreeding American White Pelican

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American White Pelican taking off in flight from water with reeds in background (sandra calderbank/scalderphotography.com)

This NonBreeding American White Pelican caught me off guard when it suddenly took off from the water next to me while I was strolling around a lake. Their winter residency in Florida is limited to November through March. I saw this one in January. The “Snowbirds” of Florida are some of the world’s largest birds, and they love spending their winter in the beautiful weather of Florida. The American White Pelican migrates north during the summer to breed.

 

 

Pair of Northern Gannets in flight

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Pair of Northern Gannets in flight (sandra calderbank/scalderphotography.com)

A pair of Northern Gannets caught my attention as they were flying over the ocean near Machias Seal Island, which is 12 miles away from Grand Manan, New Brunswick. Colonies of these large and graceful seabirds breed on steep slopes or rocky cliffs of oceanic islands. They spend their remaining time on the sea. Northern Gannets are lifelong monogamous mates. I captured this image in mid June during breeding season, so I assume this pair is a couple.   

 

 

 

Black-Crested Titmouse

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Black=Crested Titmouse jumping mid air (sandra calderbank/scalderphotography.com)

The Black-Crested Titmouse is a variety of Titmouse that hails from Mexico and South Texas. Their appearance is very similar to the Tufted Titmouse, which is common in the Eastern half of North America. Smaller in size, the Black-Crested has a distinct black crest and a one-of-a-kind song. I captured a photo of a Black-Crested Titmouse mid air as it jumped off a dead tree and onto the sand in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

 

Male Cinnamon Teal

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Male Cinnamon Teal swimming in pond (sandra calderbank/scalderphotography.com)

Male Cinnamon Teal swimming in pond (sandra calderbank/scalderphotography.com)

The Male Cinnamon Teal is a compact duck with brightly colored feathers and beautiful red eyes.. The Female Cinnamon Teal is smaller and darker and looks very similar to a female Blue-Winged Teal. I took a picture of this Male swimming briskly across a pond. Cinnamon Teal often nest in fresh water. This is only the second time I’ve seen a Cinnamon teal. During flight, powder blue feathers are visible on the upper wing. Cinnamon Teal are only found the western part of North America, where they are one of the least abundant waterfowl in North America.

 

 

 

 

Roseate SpoonBill with nesting material

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Roseate Spoonbill with wings aloft,standing in grass at water's edge with nesting material in beak (sandra calderbank)

 

I went to the Stick Marsh in Fellsmere, Florida, hoping to photograph nesting birds.The Roseate Spoonbills were very active. Roseate Spoonbills build their nests in the shady areas of the trees, usually mangroves. They prefer to construct their nests over the water or on an island. I noticed this one pulling up a stick at the water’s edge. The Spoonbill flew away from me back towards the island. The male typically gathers the sticks to hand over to his chosen potential mate, and the female constructs the nest, so I assume this Roseate Spoonbill is a male.