Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pelicans

This seemed to be a lay over and time for grooming. These huge birds are really fun to watch hunt. They travel in such beautiful form, synchronized as if watching a ballet. Today it was more splashing and preening, leaving a mass of feathers along the beach below my camp. I just chanced upon this flock going for a morning walk with a small bag of pastries to keep me content. When they fly they go around in circular flight, kettling, to gain altitude. Their colors almost make them disappear and then reappear even being so large. One catches a glimpse of them by the black on the edge of their wings. They eat 6-8 fish a day, so can really deplete a small pond or lake fast. As temperatures are turning cold around here, they better find a more southern territory fairly fast.























Wait, come back! These are not that vicious, they just want to check you out. Noses to the ground, the scent was more appealing to these canines rather than the sight.

9 comments:

  1. Wow! What a beautiful sight! And the pups...are they ready for Winter?
    hughugs

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  2. Great collection of Pelicans, Steve.

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.
    Hugs
    Betsy

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  3. awesome shots. How fun to get to watch them.

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  4. A large cotillion of pelicans arrived at our southern lake last week. All their cormorant buddies that follow their every move landed as well. I am glad they winter with us.

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  5. The pelicans look so amazing in flight. You got some great shots.

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  6. It takes a lot of preening to keep their feathers in good condition. It's really cool when pelicans fly directly toward you at eye level.

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  7. Wow! What an adventure to have these visitors. Hope they make it to their warm vacation homes soon!

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  8. What a great series of pics. Albert Lea Lake here locally always has a big flock that stay the summer. Who can? Pelican!

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  9. very cool. I imagine some of those will be wintering over on my Gulf coast.

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