There are lots of birdies in the southern hemisphere! They can fly where humans (and boats) flounder.
This osprey was the furthest north of all the birds pictured here. Ospreys are the most widely distributed bird in the world after peregrine falcons, and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. This guy was in Peru.
Magellanic Oystercatchers live on the tip of South America in Argentina, Chile, and The Falkland, Sandwich, and South Georgia Islands.
Peruvian Pelican’s are a near threatened species and are twice the size of their Brown Pelican cousins.
They can be found off the coasts of northern and southern Chile and Argentina. Standing next to them, they reached my shoulder!
These Brown Pelicans live as far south as the northern coast of Chile, which is where their territories overlap with Peruvian Pelicans whose distribution continues to the south.
This juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron,
was busy catching and swallowing a snake!
Cheers to you from the incredible birds of the southern hemisphere, and stay tuned for more, even further south~
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Lovely! Brown pelicans are looking so serene and wise! Love those expressions in their eyes.
Aren’t they soulful, and we almost brought them to extinction! <3
Another beautiful set of photos!
Ahhh, thank you and I am happy you enjoyed them James!
Always. You have a skill I could never master.
Oh, yes you could, but you already have gifts you are mastering!
Thanks. I know my limits. Not good with a camera. Words come easier. 🙂
Yep. We all have our unique gifts <3
Fabulous shots, Cindy! I’ve been taking (or trying to) photos of local kites (type of hawk I believe). Hope to share on Instagram soon 🙂
Yes, we have kites in this region and they are hard to photograph because they are so fast. Sometimes they remain stationary in wind drafts and that provides a better opportunity. Good luck and I would love to see your shots!
A great collection, Cindy, an education and a delight!
Your kindness is so very appreciated my friend! 🕊️
Love that last pic of the heron – green and gold. 🙂 Those are huge pelicans! Can you imagine how much fish they need to eat?
I hadn’t thought of this, but now that I am, the southern ocean is bursting with fish, so I don’t think this is a problem for them. The fish and crab here are HUGE!
Oh, such stunning creatures! They’re all magnificent in their own right. Thank you for this part of the trip, can’t wait to continue! 🙂
Ahhhh, it is so much more fun to have you along Dorinda! <3
Truth be told, I envy your trips!! Oh, too see all that beauty!
Well, someday, if you really want to travel, I sincerely hope you do. <3
I don’t fly. Maybe if I flap my arms a bit lol I’ll have to travel virtually, with you 😊
that #2 from Peru reminded me of a old school professor.. sharp penetrating eyes, doesn’t miss a trick…
And that beak to wrap on your desk if you’re not listening. Thankfully most birds don’t act like mean teachers!
Beauiful photos and writeup Cindy
Thank you Gary and I am very happy you enjoyed!
I love birds – your photos of these are terrific. 🙂
Anyone who <3 's 🕊️🕊️🕊️ is a friend of mine, which you most definitely are!
Gorgeous pics and birds. I often see Ospreys and their nest on my way down to Key West. 😊
I love them. We have them at the lake as well. I need to head over to see if I can spot the nests.
They are majestic birds!
That osprey is a gorgeous!
Yes he was and not shy either!
That osprey.. magnificent!!!
Yes, they are beautiful and formidable raptors.
Do dat be y’all, stranded out dere on dat boat, wit da skimmers ‘n’ pelicans, Cuz ???
That is my boat cuz. You know me. It was supposed to be a round trip eco-cruise, we definitely have the eco, but the round trip? Not so much. Still, I like it here with the birds……
I love the colours of the Peruvian pelicans! We only saw brown pelicans. And plenty of oyster catchers!
Yes the PP’s are colorful and very big and not the least bit shy about walking right up to you! You notice them too, since they are as tall as some people!
Beautiful photos of beautiful birds. Love your posts, Cindy!
I love yours and where you live!
Fabulous. fabulous photos missy!!! 🙂 <3 xoxoxoxo
Hugs to you sweet friend <3
Thanks sweet missy💝🌸
Impressive! Pelicans always seem to smile! I love your bird portraits!
They do don’t they. And they certainly always make me smile!
Fantastic pictures Cindy. I’ve never seen the pelicans before and I especially like the juvenile Heron.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Hugs back to you David and I am glad you like our feathered friends!
Wowwwwwwwww. You’ve you’ve. Captured so much beauty. The osprey is stunning. i cannot manage to get a clear eye on any of my bird shots. still learning!!! your photography is. just amazing. Sorry my keyboard is a little on the fritz at the moment. I love every shot
You and your keyboard just sent the nicest sentiments to me which were received very gratefully! Cheers to you & thank you too~
Learned a lot about birds here today. I love that some are almost everywhere. You really do capture them at their best. Incredible photos. Thank you from an armchair traveler. 🙂
Ah, your armchair is so lucky to hold you. You are far more than where you sit, just like I am, more than where I sit. But it is good, at our ages, isn’t it, that we do sit, in nice chairs. We both deserve any comfortable rest we get! Love to you in multiples <3
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You are an inspiration to me Sharon <3
Wow, those Peruvian Pelicans are amazing – the colour and size.
Your juvenile Night Herons look the same as our juvenile Nankeen Night Herons here in Australia. Your images are superb and I do like the bright colour of the Oystercatchers beak too.
It was really hard for me to identify this bird. I was stuck with several very similar heron species in the southern latitudes, like striated herons, and pinnated bitterns. Your Nankeen Night Heron looks really similar, and could be a match. I wish I had a front view of the bird to see the chest feathers more clearly and I would be more confident of the identification. It is one of the many things I love about birds. Their identification is complicated, because there are so many of them. I always wish a true bird expert would fly in here and help me out, they visit, but rarely speak, much like the birds they study! 😉 But I love it that you are providing more information. Bird identification is lots of fun, isn’t it! It is like a visual puzzle of amazing creatures, and I am never sure I am right, which makes it even better.
That heron is adorable! (I especially love herons)
I do too. They are like slo-mo-walking feathered dinosaurs! The never fail to fascinate.
The colours on those Peruvian pelicans are gorgeous.
Aren’t they gorgeous creatures and they are so big and so unafraid!
Yes, I stay tuned!! Thanks for these great pictures.
Thank you for commenting and for staying tuned ! <3
What wonderful birds, and such big Pelicans, wow. Glad they are all still around and hopefully for ever. They do need protecting.
Thank you my friend, and I agree. We have a unbelievable world full of gorgeous creatures that we all need to protect! 🌎
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Du bist ein guter Freund und eine nette Person Ernst. Danke für deinen gedankenvollen Kommentar.
Wow!! The Peruvian Pelcians look stunning, the size incredible! I was in awe of the brown ones in Florida last year … these in Peru are astonishing. They all look so wise and knowing… wonderful photos and descriptions, Cindy!
Pelicans are just the most unusual animals. They are incredible precision divers and fisher fish, but look almost comical on land. I love watching them too!
In Florida, every afternoon they’d fly straight past our balcony in formation and it was almost as if i could reach out and touch their wings. Breathtaking and I felt so lucky to experience that!
Oh, yes! You brought up another incredible thing about pelicans, which I forgot.
The formation flying.
It creates this super distinctive visual silhouette. They is nothing similar that I know of. When you see it you think, “Oh, the pelicans are flying.”
And somehow it makes you feel really good.
What fabulous photos Cindy. I love all of them but have soft spot for Oystercatchers so naturally I would pick that one out over the others if forced to choose 😉
Oh, I am glad you like the oystercatcher! I haven’t seen that many of them, so it was a thrill for me to see them.
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I am so grateful for lovely people like you Patricia! 💜💜
Those Peruvian pelicans are magnificent.
Yes. This is exactly the word I would use for them too! 💜
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I am touched by your thoughtfulness. Thank you & cheers to you too!
Your usual striking images with informative captions
You Derrick are very kind & most appreciated. Thank you & cheers too!
I’m rapt in your beautiful photography Cindy, your whole post is alive in detail and colour.
Ahhhh, your comment is so kind & touched my <3 . Thank you!
The osprey is so handsome! Wonderful pictures. 😊
Thank you very much and isn’t he a gorgeous creature!
I, too, lov!e the osprey – so fierce looking. And the little touches of color on the pelican – exquisite
You have a discerning eye! Thank you. <3
Gorgeous captures, Cindy, awesome close-ups and detail. 🙂
Honored and pleased that you enjoyed them! Thank you.
Oh, what a marvelous collection of birds, Cindy! I love the photo of the boat. It’s so compelling. But good golly Miss Molly, what a lot of birds in that pic. It’s hard to imagine.
Hugs on the wing!
I saw this all over the far south, huge groups of different species of birds massed together on beaches. Sometimes there would be rare birds in the midst that were impossible to photograph due to the crowding. I think the absence of human density, coupled with the teeming seas explain the phenomena.
The detail in these photos is extraordinary. I’m especially struck by the color of the Peruvian Pelicans’ beaks. Wow!
Aren’t those beaks incredible. This coupled with their size makes them quite distinctive. When I first saw them, it was like, “I know you are a pelican obviously, but what kind of pelican are you!!!”
Impressive! The picture of the old fishing boat with all the birds is quite a shot.
If almost gives the impression of someone sailing to the end of the world and giving up………It is quite open to interpretation!
I love all these birds, Cindy! The Pelicans have such character.
They have such character and are willing to approach humans for handouts which makes them quite endearing to me!
Thank you for these grand photos of Southern birds. I had no idea there are such giant pelicans.
Neither did I until I saw them! It was a wonderful surprise.
Gorgeous birds and photos. Thanks for the education Cindy!
Thank God there won’t be a test in the morning for either of us! But it is true that travel, like life, is educational, and certainly has it’s own tests, unfortunately.
Well you did great per this humble student! And I love the giant pelicans!
You are such a good person Brad.
Great photos, Cindy, they all have so much personality, you could name them.
You would be able to create music for each bird based on it’s appearance and behavior which would be wonderful to see and hear!
You’re absolutely right Cindy. Music does come to mind you looking at their photos.
I completely understand, even though I couldn’t do what you do.
Thank you Cindy.
Wonderful photos, Cindy!
Muchas gracias mi amiga! 💜
Wow! Thank you, Cindy.
Merci beaucoup mon ami Jennie 💜
Bien, mon ami Cindy.
Interesting info and gorgeous photos,Cindy. 😃
That is exactly what I think each time I visit your beautiful blog, so thank you & cheers too 💜
Thank you. 😘
Wonderful shots Cindy – My favourite would be the Pair of Pelicans, with Osprey and Oystercatcher tied for second!
I am humbled and most grateful you take the time to look at each my friend. Thank you.
Posting a nice blend of a few high quality images and brief interesting commentary makes your blog a wonderful place to visit!
Ahh, so very nice, so very appreciated.
I missed your beautiful posts while I was away, Cindy, but catching up now and enjoying ❤
Welcome back! It is so lovely to hear from you Tina 💜💜
Aw, thank you, my sweet friend 💜💜
I have a photo of an osprey visiting our pond/lake in Michigan – a little blurry but quite impressive!
Yes, they are fluffy & pretty looking, from a distance, but this belies what precision predators they really are!
This is fantastic again! You are the Queen of photos! Only you can top yourself! 😍
Awwww, humbled & so grateful for your kindness! <3
You`re worth of it. 😘
You never cease to amaze me. Wonderful photographs. So very beautiful. Thank you.
Hugs to you sweet friend and gratitude for your thoughtfulness <3 <3
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Love the look of the Peruvian Pelicans. <3 So much character in their faces. Happy that you mentioned how huge they are by comparing their height to a human.
It is often impossible to perceive size and perspective in photos of wild creatures, because there are no visuals around to reference them to, so sometimes I have to use words. So glad you understood! 💜
Great pics, Cindy. Those Peruvian Pelicans are certainly more colourful than their Australian cousins.
Australian Pelis are so gorgeous, but it is true, these guys win the best in colors! 🌈
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Wow, amazing pictures of these birds!
I am so happy you enjoyed & hope all is going well with you!
Cindy, terrific portraits.
So happy you enjoyed & cheers to you Sally!
Cindy, Once again, you have given us beautiful photographs!
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The 🐦🐦🐦, the 🌎, and my blogger’s 💚, are thankful for friends like you Charles!
I am honored and humbled by your kind words.
Beautiful close ups, Cindy!
Very pleased you enjoyed & thanks for letting me know!
Gorgeous…and made even more so because they live where they belong and not in a zoo. 🙂
Yes. There is nothing I can add to this statement. You know. I am very grateful for people like you. 💚💚
beste Grüße aus dem Norden unserer Heimat von mir für dich, Klaus
Viele Grüße und Segenswünsche aus dem Wilden Westen! <3
Winter-Frühling, was denn nun, Klaus
<3 <3 <3
Wonderful photos of amazing birds. I especially love the osprey.
Thank you & they are gorgeous creatures aren’t they!
Bonjour ou Bonsoir mes amies , amis (CINDY)
J’aime venir parfumer ton joli blog
Avec un parfum qui vient du cœur
Mon plus beau parfum de l’amitié
Pour embellir notre vie
Rien de tel que des amies et amis
Ce parfum qui fait mon bonheur
Je te l’offre avec mon coeur
En te souhaitant une excellente journée ou soirée
Avec un champ de Roses parfumés
Merci beaucoup mon ami Bernard!
Beautiful birds! Thank you, Cindy for letting us enjoy these gorgeous bird photos that you took during your sea trip. So glad you are back. 💖
Thank you Amy. I have been very much enjoying your photos and traveling along with you too!
Wonderful close-ups! My daughter and I are working with a bird theme right now, I’m going to show her these photos. We picked up a new book about parrots today, that we are reading. I’m learning a lot! Thank you for a beautiful post/
Parrots are so smart and so amazing. I hope your daughter loves them! 💚
She is very fascinated by them. We recently discovered a Parrot House near where we live, and we made a visit a couple weeks ago. it was a fantastic experience for her.
I became fascinated by parrots when I was a child. And look at me now! I hope her interest remains. It will bring her lots of joy. 💜
Great pics. The birds all look huge.
And theres something about abandoned boats (or at least boats at low tide) that make a great picture.
Yes. They are fascinating. What is their story? Why are they abandoned? Where have they sailed? Who owned them? They bring up endless curiosity in me. It is especially amazing when you see one adrift mid-ocean, which I have seen twice. Once the ship I was on boarded the ship in the middle of the night.
Many stories, many secrets.
Hi Cindy– What a variety of creatures! Love the pelicans!! Such original birds! Ogden Nash!! xo
Such a classic:
“A wonderful bird is the pelican.
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak.
Food enough for a week.
But I’m damned if I see how the helican.”
Wow, that’s a lot of birds! Yet, I’ll have more, please.
TY for all the beautiful birds, Cindy! We all fly with them.
Yes we do fly with then, at least in our imaginations! 🕊️🕊️
Hi. Birds have beautifully coloured skin around the eyes. The last photo is beautifully captured.🙂
Thank you! Birds eyes are amazing. They have such acute vision and such penetrating stares.
wow! It’s a celebration. 🙂
It’s a bird rave!!! 🐦🐦🐦
🙂 Sure that!
Beautiful birds!!!! Hugz Lisa
Hugs back to you & Lucy <3
Winter-Frühling, was denn nun? Klaus
Es ist definitiv Winter-Frühling! Ein bisschen von beidem.
Incredible photos, Cindy! The birds look like I could touch them, and that boat photo made me laugh…oops! 🤣
Maybe the boat is just retired……like us!!! 😉
Those are really colorful pelicans, Cindy. And the first shot of those massed birds. Wow.
I saw groupings like this over and over, and what made them unusual to me was there were multiple species in the group. Sometimes a rare bird parked somewhere in the middle!
Are they year around or migrants, Cindy?
Most are year round.
Cindy, your wildlife photos are every bit as good as watching National Geographic — I always learn something, and this post is no exception. Thank you for showing me things I might never see for myself!
Awww, you make me so happy that I posted because you enjoyed the birdies! I am so blessed with the best blogging buddies! Hugs to you sweet Debbie.
The oystercatcher looks like two different birds stuck together! I need to figure out how to do birdwatching. Not a lot of choice round me.
If you cook, I’ll take you birdwatching!!!!
Sounds like a deal to me! 🙂
whats your life bird count Cindy?
Oh my God, I have no idea at all! Lots and lots and lots. Do you know yours?
I am not a birder,or at least do not mark down the birds I see.
I think you can be a birder without keeping count.
I’m more a naturalist.I love all animals.
Yep. Which is why you actually like me. We both know the wild world is the only and best world.
den Rest vom Winter schaffen wir auch noch, Klaus
Wir können! Es wird bald warm sein.
Your photography is out of the world, Cindy. 🙂
You are a sweetheart Ally. Thank you & happy weekend!
It’s always a pleasure, Cindy. Have a great week. Lots of love xxx
<3 <3 <3
I adore the first one Cindy! I love that scene!
I do too. I loved it so much. The mass of birds telling us they can fly and we can’t. Good for them and love to you~
That is a great way to look at it!❤️❤️
I love the ordinary old brown pelicans that hang out in LA but those Peruvian guys are spectacular!
Every pelican is so peculiarly wonderful, but finding these Peruvian big guys who stood right next to me, and are almost endangered, like our SoCal ones, who were almost extinct, was pretty wonderful.
All this makes me love birds even more, somehow they can fly away, and seem to evade us, even at the brink of extinction.
Beautiful images, as usual Cindy!
Ahhh, love to you.
ich wünsche dir ein angenehmes Wochenende in warmer Umgebung, Klaus
Besten Wünschen für Sie mein lieber Freund Klaus!
schönen Sonntag und guten Start in die neue Woche, Klaus
Absolutely gorgeous images..cheers ..
Thanks so much & cheers back to you!
mach wieder die Heizung an oder erwärme dich auf andere Art, Klaus
Wir haben Brände! Bleib warm mein Freund ~
Muchas gracias mi amiga!
Among the amazing things that you photograph, swallowing a snake ranks pretty high!
Thank you! I only got the tail end though!!!! Poor snake 🐍
A pelican that can reach your shoulder!? That’s a big pelican. 😀 Great photos, Cindy.
Yes indeed. Also mellow, smart and beautiful, which seems often the case with big creatures~
What amazing creatures, Cindy! I can only imagine how many pictures you took on your last trip!! 🙂 Now I’m wondering where you’re going next….
Next up The Cook islands which should be interesting. So pleased you enjoyed the birdies and cheers to you Patti <3
You too, Cindy!!
Wonderful photos, Cindy. Enviable, in fact. Esp the Osprey! RH
Ahh, thank you! Ospreys are such handsome birds.
If I was a fish (or a snake) those beaks would strike terror into me, not that fish feel terror in the way that we do, but still… those beaks, especially the pelicans’, must be capable of holding several fish at once.
A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I’m damned if I see how the helican.
Ogden Nash <3 <3
Hugs to you Sarah~
I love birds and you capture them beautifully!
Well I love your beautiful poetry, so that makes us even Wendell, and thank you sincerely.
Smashing Cindy. You do keep the best company!
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