I visited Goose Pond FWA this past week searching primarily for an American White Pelican that were reported in the area. It was a cool morning with a heavy cloud cover that was supposed to turn to partly cloudy skies about the time I would arrive at my destination. When I got out of my car to take my first shot, I realized that I had left my jackets on a chair in the kitchen. Fortunately, an individual at the visitor’s center directed me to a store a few minutes away where I found a warm fleece jacket for $24. I figured my time shopping would give the cloud cover time to break up. Wrong.
Back at Goose Pond, I saw pelican from a distance, but as I got closer, it kept swimming further away. After flushing a few Great Blue Herons, I decided that walking around the lake would result in the birds returning to the south side while I hiked the north side. I visited a few more areas with no luck. By lunch time, I had given up on photographing pelicans, great blue herons, or egrets. As I was driving back to the visitor’s center, I crested small rise in the road when I saw a half dozen great egrets to my left. I carefully climbed to the top of the dike, but realized they were too far away to photograph. As I was walking back to my car, I saw a pod of pelicans fly over. They circled and landed in spot that I could not see. Determined, I drove to another area, parked, and started hiking. In a few minutes, I came up on a larger group (100+) of pelicans in one of the remote ponds. For the next 45 minutes, I photographed them, crept closer, and photographed them. I was cautious about getting to close as I did not want to disturb them.
Quit While You Are Ahead
I had planned to drive to two other locations, but the cloud cover was still thick and my boots and jeans were wet from hiking through the weeds. Thus, it seemed like a good time to call it a day. When I arrived home, the clouds broke and the sun came out. Another day coming and a new itinerary.