Pelicans in Tulsa

So I ride my bike from time to time along the Riverparks Trails in Tulsa alongside the Arkansas River. I’m always seeing stuff that you can’t really capture with a small handheld camera or cell phone. I was reading somebody’s blog a few weeks ago and they described how they took their “big camera” in a backpack when they went bike riding. The light went on, a dim light in my case, but it was duh. I need to do that. So I loaded up my old Canon Powershot. It can zoom optically out to 40 and beyond software wise. And it is a ton lighter than my “big camera” Nikon with a long lens.

Canon Power Shot SX40 HS

It’s pretty light so I loaded it up in a small backpack, and took it to the Riverparks with me.


For years there has been a large population of pelicans hanging out at sandbars on the river. I could see them but now I could photograph them. Here are a group of three with a grackle or some other black bird hanging out with them.


Here is another group. Both these photos were taken on the east bank near where the Gathering Place is located.


On the west bank of the river, about a mile upriver I spotted this armada of geese all headed to somewhere.


There was another grouping nearby. So I took a lot of other pics of none wildlife stuff. I’ll be taking the camera in my backpack some more. I forget who gave me the idea, if it was you, let me know. I’m thinking of getting some sort of basket to carry it in.

And now to switch gears to my back yard I have been trying for a couple months to capture an image of a hummingbird at our hummingbird feeder.


And I finally got one!! Not though, it is just a female cardinal flying in back of it.


My trailcamera caught a swooping photo of grackle coming in for a landing.


We have lots of bunnies in the back yard.


And sometimes even a raccoon.


This is Rascal our Pomeranian. He is our baby. He is only eleven but he has developed hip and shoulder issues, along with some heart problems. He lives for his walks though, they revitalize him but it has been really hot.

So now we are dog stroller people. We take him on his walk until he gets winded and then we put him in the stroller. He is getting acclimated to it, so win/win.

But maybe we overdid it. We thought our little plump kitty, Lizzie would like the stroller. Nope, she is not a fan. She didn’t have any fun. But we did, so all was not lost.

She was exhausted after her short jaunt. Literally down and back our driveway in the stroller wore her out. She thinks we suck at cat parenting.

That’s about it for this week. I’m linking with Eileen’s Saturday’s Critters.

12 thoughts on “Pelicans in Tulsa

  1. Alana

    Some nice bird pictures, especially the female Northern cardinal in flight. Not a fan of raccoons (saying this as a former owner of chickens) but I know we have them, too. And the cat – yup, cats. That’s all one can say.

  2. Angie

    Alan – duh. HA HA! Sometimes an idea just needs to slap us upside the head! I laughed at you being dog stroller people! The things we do for our furbabies!

  3. Nancy Chan

    Beautiful pelicans. Nice to see critters visiting your back yard. The way Lizzie got flat on her back makes me laugh. She must be really worn out. Lol!

  4. Vicki

    Love all the photos, especially the ones of Rascal and Lizzie. My Jaspurr (female, not male) looks like Lizzie, plumpness and all 🙂

  5. Eileen

    It is good advice to always take your camera. I do not always have one, especially if I am driving somewhere.
    I love the White Pelicans, great sighting. Neat captures of the Deer and Grackles, I am glad they are not hanging on your feeder. The bunnies are cute. The stroller for your dog is a good idea too, it is not good for the dogs to overdo the exercise. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  6. A ShutterBug Explores

    Wonderful nature shots ~ pelicans and backyard ~ back packs are great ~ Xo

    Hmm ~ I may have to revert to a stroller ~ not sure what is happening with Angel but she is definitely slowing down at 11 Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in you days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. Gaelyn

    Never expected Pelicans in OK. If you carried ALL your camera gear it would require a huge backpack. Wonder if Sierra would like a stroller ride. Would need Mt bike tires around here as there is no pavement.

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