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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday September 23, 2012

Updated on December 6, 2012
American White Pelican
American White Pelican | Source
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Pelican Antics

The American White Pelican arrived this past Sunday, rested for the rest of his journey and was gone by Wednesday morning of this week. It was a wonderful visit, allowing for several photo opportunities and showed what it was like to see communal birds in action. The pelicans managed to chase away the Great White Egret more than once, so they held their entertainment value. These are some of the most amusing photos that I was able to obtain during fog and cloudy days, so I think they are passable. Some of the expressions that these pelicans have made me smile to myself several times while I was out watching them in a natural blind.

Coot Runs on Water
Coot Runs on Water | Source
American Coots
American Coots | Source

What Old Coots?

The American Coots have been building up their forces, too, also having returned this past Sunday, and now there are about forty of them. They all stick close together as a flock. Here’s a photo of how they tend to run on the water before they fly off, which I have been trying to obtain for a while. It’s nice to see them and I know that they have their young with them, but due to the amount of time, it is almost impossible to tell them apart. A few of them are just a little smaller, but that’s about the only difference.

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis | Source
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Glossy Ibis

The Glossy Ibis came to visit on Tuesday, closer to the shore than any other day, so I happened to be in the right place at the proverbial right time, once again. When the sun shines on this bird, it shows beautiful green and red-purple highlights. Too bad I wasn’t really able to show that in a photo, but here are a few interesting poses that this unusual bird provided. By the way, this is an east coast bird.

Forster's Tern(right) and Bonaparte's Gull(left)
Forster's Tern(right) and Bonaparte's Gull(left) | Source
Forster's Tern(left) and Long-Billed Curlew(right)
Forster's Tern(left) and Long-Billed Curlew(right) | Source

And More...

The Forster’s Tern and Bonaparte’s Gull were closely associating with the pelicans in a very shallow, rocky outcropping. The only reason that this area looks natural is just the fact that it hasn’t rained for quite some time. These birds are still around, enjoying the wonderful fish that the lake has to provide. Unless it gets colder rather quickly, these birds should be around a little longer.

Butterflies

Butterflies are still in the area, even though the weather is cooling down quite a bit this week. There are still a good group of yellow sulfurs and monarchs. The fall trees are flowering, the summer trees have been losing their leaves for quite a while, and are soon to go dormant for their wintry rest. It is hard to believe that it is nearly October and the frost will be on the pumpkin soon enough. It is almost time for hayrides, and the oak trees will be changing the color of their leaves. I also enjoy the autumn and look forward to this time of year.

Monarch Butterfly with wings closed
Monarch Butterfly with wings closed | Source

As a matter of fact, I noticed that pumpkins are now for sale in the grocery stores. That is going to soon entice me to bake some pumpkin with those wonderful, aromatic spices that remind me about this wonderful time of year.

As I now sign off, keep your eyes to the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding until next week and enjoy your autumn months.

Line of Painted Turtles
Line of Painted Turtles | Source
American White Pelican
American White Pelican | Source
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis | Source

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Why, thanks, Mama Kim. Hope you like my bird series as it progresses.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures!! This is a series I'm going to have to keep track of. Voting a bunch and will be keeping tabs ^_^

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wow, that's quite a compliment, shiningirisheyes. Glad that you've been enjoying the series as much as I have been writing it.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I hope so, Connie. I have so many ideas. Luvtowrite has been feeding the fire, too, with some of those photographers from the past.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Highland Terrier, I hope I live up to this great critique! I have a few surprises coming up this week that you will surely enjoy.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I can not tell you how much these spectacular journeys were missed by my soul during my brief break from the site. You are one of the reasons I am so glad to be back.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb, when you can afford that camera you'll be a shoe-in to be published anywhere you want! Connie

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      Highland Terrier 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Its has to be said you are fantastic at the photography. The photos are extraordinary and the info in the hub is brilliant.

      Thank you again for a most enjoyable read.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Connie, people want to see crisp clarity in photos, and they way they get enlarged for magazines and articles, my camera won't hold a candle. I am saving for a better camera now.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Mycee. I love doing this each week.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I'd never leave you behind, Mhatter!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Teresa. This is such a great lake to be able to find such a variety of birds and other animals. I'm so glad that I live across the street.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nell! Yes, it was a fun week, that's for sure. The coots seem to be a little braver, too, coming a bit closer.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Nettlemere. I had never seen a curlew until this week, and thought it to be lovely, too.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      What a fun trip to Boomer Lake this week! Thanks Deb for all these fantastic photos. I had to smile at the turtle 'line up', and what a great picture of the Monarch! I haven't seen even one Monarch butterfly this year. It has turned cold here, and our maples have just started to think about changing color. This is my favorite time of year-all the birds are fueling up for their long migrations and soon the geese will be flying south in flock after flock of 'v' formations. Loved your funny pelicans and that great curlew. How very lucky you are to be able to witness and capture these amazing birds! Lucky for us that you so generously share them. Voted Up across the board. I think the Audubon Society should know about your fine work! Have you ever thought about submitting your wonderful pictures and great commentary to them?

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Deb i love all your photos! amazing and very beautiful. Kudos to this well written hub

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for not leaving me behind.

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love your gentle narrations in these weekly diary-like entries. The photo of the line of turtles was wonderful to behold.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      I had never heard of the Bonaparte Gull, but we do get the Coots over here too, I expect they are all coming in now down my river, another wonderful look at the lovely wildlife at Boomer lake, voted up! nell

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I'm very interested in the curlew with the lovely plumage. I enjoy seeing UK curlews, which have just the same beak, but brown plumage. And the pelicans and turtles are lovely and entertaining.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      When I saw the line of turtles on the log, I just had to have that shot. Oh, yes, the pelicans are characters. I have seen them do some great things to people, too!

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      Love those turtles! ^-^' Was it a log? Looks like a crocodile to me at first. :D And those pelicans looks like they're grinning :D

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      whonunuwho, you are so welcome. This could well be the finest time of year for birds.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Bill! Do you have pics of the hawk? Glad that you're en joying this weekly column

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Beautiful article and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing these and they are always appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We just picked our pumpkins, and a hawk has taken up residence in our fir tree. Life is good in Olympia! Thanks for the wonderful Sunday visit. Always your devoted follower,

      bill

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