Snowy Egrets Leading White Pelicans


I saw them coming, a squadron of American White Pelicans in V-formation.

But who was leading them?


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Three Snowy Egrets leading a squadron of American White Pelicans


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Snowy Egrets leading a squadron of American White Pelicans


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Snowy Egrets leading a squadron of American White Pelicans


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Continuing their way…..


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Staying in formation!


How unique and beautiful was that fly-by?!!



45 thoughts on “Snowy Egrets Leading White Pelicans

  1. Donna,

    I am an Oyster Cove resident and amateur bird photographer. Several years ago, I joined your blog at the recommendation of our good neighbor, Georgette Toews. I thoroughly enjoy your blog. Though we don’t have an RV, your travels over the past few years coincide with similar trips we have made.

    Today, I shared your white pelican/snowy egret pics with a friend and fellow nature lover, Linda Parker, and she may be asking to join your blog. She and her husband spent many winters with their RV serving as resident volunteers at Ding Darling NWR at Sanibel. And we have spent many fun weeks hanging out with them in the wilds of South Florida. They are now full time in Chapel Hill, NC.

    I have been meaning to reach out to you for years, as we share so many interests. We have lives in OC since 2005, but retired in 2013. Not sure when you left, but I think we just missed meeting somehow.

    If you are on Facebook, feel free to friend me (Anne Wells Brunson…lots of bird photos) or follow the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center’s FB page (we are the Center’s volunteer coordinators) where I post bird pics pretty regularly.

    Wishing you safe travels, excellent adventures, and good health.

    Anne Brunson

    • Hi Anne, thank you for your comments, you’ve made me smile a mile wide! We left OC in 2016. It would have been wonderful to meet you and collaborate on birds, wildlife and photography. I have missed the area, including CBEC, one of my favorite places to hop over to when I needed a wildlife fix. πŸ˜‰ I look forward to seeing your photos on FB. Some day maybe our paths will still cross. Happy birding and shooting!

  2. Wow, what a sight! Thanks for sharing these amazing photos. And happy Christmas Donna to you and yours and all the very best for a safe and healthy 2021! πŸŽ„πŸŽ…

    • Thank you, Sue! I was tickled with excitement and so hoping I got the shots in focus. The best to you and yours, Sue, for a beautiful holiday season and a hopeful New Year! πŸŽ„ πŸŽ…

  3. Excellent shots my dear friend, it’s a good thing to illustrate events that have a tinge of oddity. I do that too. Good job! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Ashley! It was amazing to see! I still wonder how and why they did this, the little egrets were always staying spaced ahead of the pelicans. Very nice sighting for me!

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