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.

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