Saturday’s Critters – Pelicans and More on the Arkansas River


I went on a bike ride along Tulsa’s RiverParks trails the other day. I took my SuperZoom camera with me hoping that I would see something. It turns out that American White Pelicans were on the river that day. This is a group I spotted near where I started at 71st street. They were on a sandbar near the other side of the river.


Here is a closeup of them. I find them kind of comical on land. They are very graceful in the water and flying.


And here is five miles north at the newly reconstructed Zink Lake Dam. They were paddling around fishing.


Another closeup.


And maybe 50 yards downstream of the dam this group of pelicans and great blue herons were trying their luck in the shallows.


The pelicans and herons seemed to tolerate each other’s presence pretty well.


In the calm waters up stream of the dam a flotilla of geese were cruising.

I am linking with Eileen’s Saturday’s Critters. Go check it out.

8 thoughts on “Saturday’s Critters – Pelicans and More on the Arkansas River

  1. Eileen

    The White Pelican and Herons are a couple of my favorite birds.
    You saw a nice sized group of Pelicans and herons.
    The food must be great in those spots.
    Thank you for linking up and sharing your post.
    Take care, enjoy your day and have a happy week!
    I appreciate your comment too.

  2. tomthebackroadstraveller

    …I NEVER see pelicans and rarely see a number of heron together. But geese are another matter!

  3. A ShutterBug Explores

    Wow ~ impressive group of pelicans and blue herons ~ rarely see them together ~ great photos ~ thanks,

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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