All the elements mix together for a lively experience. The birds seem unaffected by the human traffic and their chatter fills the air. I had been many times before with my family and it is a place I always enjoy visiting when I go home.
A Brown Pelican.
I caught this little guy looking straight up at me through the mesh fence.
This is a large Black Vulture - one of the wild birds that roams freely through the sanctuary. He was playing with the leaf in the middle of the path until I began to walk towards him. He abandoned the leaf in favor of inspecting me.
This is a close up shot of a White Pelican. I love how the streaming sunlight illuminated the interior structure of her pouch.
Another close up of the White Pelican. I wanted to focus on her pale blue eyes. I can't help but think about how closely she may resemble a pterodactyl.
A very proud Red-Shouldered Hawk.
This beauty is a Red-Tailed Hawk and she seemed quite happy to pose for me.
Such striking features. It was very inspiring to be so close to such a powerful bird.