Foggy Morning at White Rock (10/22/16)

What a beautiful morning! The fog over the bay made for some great mood photos. I had planned to be out there a little sooner but I overslept. I actually thought about sleeping in but 2 seconds later, I was getting up. I am so glad I did. You never know what you might find at White Rock.

There was a group of photographers out there having a class led by someone who shoots for National Geographic. They all had extensive camera equipment. I have to admit that I felt a bit inadequate with my little Panasonic Lumix. But then I got home and was pleased with quite a few of the photos I took. I have my new Nikon D500 camera but the lense I have doesn’t zoom so far. So…I bought another Lumix. This one zooms from 20 – 1200. I’m going to have to start using a monopod or a tripod. One day I will get a better lense for the Nikon.

Back to the morning. I took quite a few photos once the sun had completely overtaken the bay but I want to keep this post to the mood photos with the early morning fog. I might make it again tomorrow morning.

Great Blue Heron having a peaceful morning.
Great Blue Heron having a peaceful morning.
The fog made for some great mood photos.
The fog made for some great mood photos.
Most of the pelicans were still trying to sleep.
Most of the pelicans were still trying to sleep.
The top pelican was serving as a watchman.
The top pelican was serving as a watchman.
The sun started to hit the birds and provide just enough light to make for some good photo opportunities.
The sun started to hit the birds and provide just enough light to make for some good photo opportunities.
This is one of my favorite from this morning.  I waited for the profile shot and hoped the sun would stay right at the same spot.
This is one of my favorite from this morning. I waited for the profile shot and hoped the sun would stay right at the same spot.
Too close.  The pelican on the right is the same one that looked so calm and peaceful in the previous photos.  This is what happens when another one gets too close.
Too close. The pelican on the right is the same one that looked so calm and peaceful in the previous photos. This is what happens when another one gets too close.
The standoff.  They finished arguing and then stared at each other for a few seconds before getting back  to the preening.
The standoff. They finished arguing and then stared at each other for a few seconds before getting back to the preening.
The sun was making its way out onto the bay.  This is the first time I can remember actually hoping the sun would not come out so fast.
The sun was making its way out onto the bay. This is the first time I can remember actually hoping the sun would not come out so fast.

Pelicans

The pelicans have arrived a little early at White Rock Lake. There are over 100 of them as of Sunday afternoon. On Sunday, at mid-morning, I was standing on the dock at Sunset Bay when almost all of the pelicans decided to fly to the far end of the bay and start fishing. It was an amazing sight. I had seen them fish before but never in a group that large. The photos show the scene but they can’t really convey the feeling of awe as I stood there watching the process which lasted for over an hour. I’m glad I was there to see all of this. The following photos are from Sunday, October 16th.

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A Peaceful Afternoon at the Lake

I sure did enjoy my afternoon at White Rock Lake. Having a day off when it isn’t a major holiday makes for a very quiet afternoon. I was excited when I saw the Kestrel at Boy Scout Hill but words cannot explain the feeling I had watching the pelicans glide into Sunset Bay. I have a lot of work to catch up on and I could have gone to the office but then I would have missed the pelicans. I guess I’ll go to work tomorrow or maybe Sunday…

I started my afternoon at Sunset Bay with our resident Chilean Wigeon.   There is now only one.  I think this is the female.  She has joined the growing group of Coots.  They don't seem to mind.
I started my afternoon at Sunset Bay with our resident Chilean Wigeon. There is now only one. I think this is the female. She has joined the growing group of Coots. They don’t seem to mind.
I was standing on the dock talking with JR Compton when these Monarchs showed up.  I had been checking the other side of the lake for them and here they were.  Nice surprise!
I was standing on the dock talking with JR Compton when these Monarchs showed up. I had been checking the other side of the lake for them and here they were. Nice surprise!
A Monarch butterfly at Sunset Bay.
A Monarch butterfly at Sunset Bay.
This is the funniest little bird.  This grieb shows up and then just as quickly disappears.
This is the funniest little bird. This grieb shows up and then just as quickly disappears.
I found this Great Blue Heron at the opposite side of the lake by the Fisher Road end.  He wasn't doing anything special.  He was just being great.
I found this Great Blue Heron at the opposite side of the lake by the Fisher Road end. He wasn’t doing anything special. He was just being great.
I spotted this single pelican in the middle of the lake.  They look so content as they glide along the water.   I feel a sense of peace when I see a photo like this one.
I spotted this single pelican in the middle of the lake. They look so content as they glide along the water. I feel a sense of peace when I see a photo like this one.
I watched this Great Blue Heron walk across the top of this boat.  I'm surprised more birds weren't up there.
I watched this Great Blue Heron walk across the top of this boat. I’m surprised more birds weren’t up there.
Male American Kestrel I knew this was special when I saw it fly into the tree.  It actually flew to almost the same spot where the Red Tailed Hawk was a few days ago.  I wanted a better photo but the moment I stepped forward, it flew away.  They are common falcons but this is the first one I've seen.
Male American Kestrel
I knew this was special when I saw it fly into the tree. It actually flew to almost the same spot where the Red Tailed Hawk was a few days ago. I wanted a better photo but the moment I stepped forward, it flew away. They are common falcons but this is the first one I’ve seen.
A bathing pelican - I'm still waiting for them to get closer.
A bathing pelican – I’m still waiting for them to get closer.
A group of pelicans arriving at Sunset Bay.  They gracefully fall out of the sky.  It is an awesome sight to see them circle and then land.  They are so quiet when they arrive that you might miss this unless you look up.
A group of pelicans arriving at Sunset Bay. They gracefully fall out of the sky. It is an awesome sight to see them circle and then land. They are so quiet when they arrive that you might miss this unless you look up.
Pelicans arriving at Sunset Bay
Pelicans arriving at Sunset Bay
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  I was surprised to see one.  I hadn't seen one in a while.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
I was surprised to see one. I hadn’t seen one in a while.

Monarch Migration

Monarch butterflies are migrating through Dallas this week. A friend told me about a spot at White Rock Lake where the Monarchs gather. Sure enough, there were quite a few of them when I visited the lake today. I’m really happy that I found them because I normally try to see them at the Fair Park butterfly garden but with the State Fair going on right now, I might miss them. I took an unbelievable number of photos. Here are some of them:

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