Note: This is part 4 of a series of posts describing a voyage from Kansas to South America.

From the pair of bald eagles we sighted immediately after casting off from our berth in Savannah to my final day in Trinidad a couple months later, there were almost always birds of one sort or several in my field of vision.  For me, the birds we encountered weren't just details within a broader canvas - they at times served to define the land and sea and skyscapes we were passing through.

One of our closest bird encounters was with a cybernetic pelican drone just north of King's Bay Submarine Base. This governmentally-created monstrosity landed on Lillie Mae a couple days out of Savannah and actually attempted to snatch ii's wallet so it could turn him in to INS even though he's an American citizen. 

Diving pelican


Cormorants and gull

Snowy egrets, or as Will always called them, no regrets

Bald eagle

Another eagle

Tern and fishermen


Great blue heron

Tern and marsh grass


Gulls and cormorants

Cormorants and cattle



all images ©2017 by nanatehay

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Comment by nanatehay on October 6, 2017 at 2:22am

I wanted to include this one but it seemed like there were too many pelicans


Comment by koshersalaami on October 6, 2017 at 5:25am

Great way to connect the trip. I was struck by the two photos whose flying outlines were so stark they looked like IFF silhouettes of airplanes. Fifth and eighth from the end

Comment by Foolish Monkey on October 6, 2017 at 6:06am

what's one more?  shove it in there!

this is wonderful.  I remember the first time I saw a bald eagle in person I was astounded at how huge it was.  I think we tend to keep birds in our mind's eye as small pliable little creatures we sometimes eat.  we forget they can be large and weighty, as well as scary intelligent (like that govt modified pelican) and predatory.  alfred hitchcock had it right - if they ever went toe to toe with us, we'd be toast on a stick.

I love these images, I love the fantasy skies and landscapes against the choppy waters, I love the grace and dignity of the birds...wonderful nana!  

Comment by Foolish Monkey on October 6, 2017 at 6:10am

I wanted to add a favorite but I can't.  I find each of them very powerful, the birds in flight are impossibly graceful...every part flows into every other part.  I keep scrolling up..I love the pelican close up.  I love pelican.  terry's right - can't have too many pelicans!

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on October 6, 2017 at 6:36am

Why do they call them bald eagles when they clearly have feathers on their heads?

(Don't even get me started on "Sand Pipers"!)

Comment by Rosigami on October 6, 2017 at 8:53am

A journey of birds! Beautiful. Visual overload. I'm going to have to come back and look again later. I can't really pick a favorite, either, though the one of vultures would be a contender. 

Comment by koshersalaami on October 6, 2017 at 9:54am

After taking a closer look, I think my favorite is the second to last picture. Very comic sensibility

Comment by koshersalaami on October 6, 2017 at 9:58am


I like too many of them

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on October 6, 2017 at 11:59am

PFFFFFT!  Just because a bird has its dreads tucked up inside of a rasta beanie doesn't mean its "holy"!  It just means that it is a Snoop Birdd wannabe.

Image result for rasta hat

Comment by Foolish Monkey on October 6, 2017 at 1:55pm

I'm not sure about the holiness aspect, what I do know is birds are badass and when they bite you - and they always do - big, little, if they're alive, they will bite down as hard as they can.  And it never fucking heals.   This is why we eat them. 


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