Monday, June 15, 2009

Well I Can

The Southern California June gloom continued until Saturday, the 13th. Since I have not gone birding due the inclement weather, my wife insisted that we try for the Little Blue Heron at Playa del Rey, dark skies notwithstanding.

After a couple of hours of searching and waiting, the rare wader was still nowhere to be found. It appeared that the dark clouds of disappointment will also descend upon us. Not to see a hoped-for rarity after a week long hiatus from birding would break the heart of any staunch birder. But as in quite a few occasions before, a redeeming event happens. A young Brown Pelican flew in out of nowhere and landed on the Del Rey lagoon. Its antics as it tried to bathe in the shallow waters alleviated the depressing mood that was beginning to creep in on me.

Will I be able to overcome this dark state of my birding soul? Thanks to my encouraging wife who always "stands by her man" and to the bathing attempts of a young pelican, well, I can.




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9 comments:

mick said...

Pelicans are always fun to watch. Nice that this one flew in just when you needed it!

Larry Jordan said...

We know you can't be depressed for long Bob... too many birds to see ;-)

Great shot of the young Brown Pelican! Makes me want to go swimming!

Arija said...

LOL, that was fun, as well as the pelican.

gwendolen said...

Love the pelican shot, very nice.

Now have to get 'stand by your man' out of my head. Grrr.

Vickie said...

Nice image and note on our disappointments. Brown pelicans have always been among my favorites and you captured a wonderful moment.

yen said...

that is a nice action shot of the Pelican.

Kelly said...

...love that pelican photo. They are so fun to watch...
Once the sun comes out, you'll change your tune!! :-)

Heather said...

Sorry you had a gloomy day of bird watching, but that Pelican must have been fun to watch. Thanks for you comments on my blog!

MaineBirder said...

We don't have Pelicans here in Maine, but it's nice seeing photos of them.

Sunny days will be there again.