Monday, April 14, 2014

White Pelicans

The flock approaches turning circles in the sky. With six foot wingspans these huge birds almost disappear and then reappear with their colors that blend with the sky. They land and work the bay together, an amazing sight to enjoy. The group moves in unison and soon dip their huge bills deep searching for fish they have corralled. They work as a pair sometimes, paired up for their lifetime, and it is like a ballet when watching these unique denizens of the waterways nearby.


Must be me and two little dogs agitating the beach.

Out across the water they soar
The gulls enjoy the leftovers, and perhaps the comfort of friends made while down on the Gulf Mexico.
I will be fishing behind this group over the weekend while camping.
I like the gull head with just tail feathers showing behind a wave.


These three all landed together, part of the ballet  to be seen when the flock arrives and fishes together.








This is the fourth season this solitary fellow has come to the same stretch of river. He is not with the flock, nor ever seems to join in with anyone. His mate died on a tiny spit on the river and he stayed with her all season, her limp body laying close by. The following year he returned and sat in the same area and made me think about the intense love these creatures nurture for each other. There is a small rock nearby that he sits on a lot near this tiny point. It would be interesting to find out what is on his mind. Does he expect her to return, or is he at peace remembering what good times they shared as a couple? A continued love story that makes me think many of us don't realize what we have around us with our spouses, friends and families. I discussed this while visiting a friend the other day. Both of us are single men, but it is our extended network of friends and family we share that has made us best of friends since we were in our single digits of age. Both of our families have diminished, so we have a combined network, an extended family like a flock.

17 comments:

  1. the pelicans disappeared on the gulf coast for many years until whatever poison had diminished them was banned. I love watching them.

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  2. Oh how sad---the Pelican losing his mate --and then coming back each year... Like you said, there's intense love for sure...

    That is a huge batch of Pelicans... My son lives on the water near Galveston, TX --and sees these birds most of the year.

    Have fun camping and fishing! When we were in VA, we kept noticing so many fishermen out on the little creek.. I wondered why there were so many on that cold/rainy/foggy morning... We later found out that it was OPENING day of Trout Fishing. Bet you would have loved being there.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  3. Great thoughts. And the story...so sad. I had no idea a bird would remember for so long.

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  4. Wow, there are so many of them! You got some beautiful moments.

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  5. The one part I miss from living in Sidney was the migration sights and sounds. Great photos.

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  6. I never realized just how big the pelicans are so it was nice to see them in comparison to the gulls. I also didn't know they mated for life. Rather sad about the one that lost his mate. It would be interesting to know what he was thinking when he returned to that spot

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  7. Pelicans are a real beauty I saw them flying toward me at eye level. I will never forget it.

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  8. What a wonderful collection of these fascinating birds. Great pics but mostly I love what you said in the end.

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  9. I really like the fourth shot, with all of them in the air. They're so pretty in flight. So sad about the lonely one. Maybe he'll meet a nice widow this year.

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  10. Enjoying camping and fishing this weekend. I hope the nice weather has finally arrived there. What a poignant, touching story about the pelican and its mate. Mickie :)

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  11. Marvelous! I associate pelicans with sea shores so this is wonderful to see they are elsewhere! Very, very nice photos!

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  12. Love the Pelicans and Gulls, they're at the fishing game, lol.

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  13. A lovely flock of photographs as well as some thoughtful prose here.

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  14. Very touching, the lost mate.

    Congrats on your POTW!

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  15. Magnificent birds; but so sad about the one at the end.

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  16. The pelican so awkward looking on the ground and magnificent soaring high above us. Perhaps we as human have more in common with birds than we assume to true rather than the other way around as sometimes portrayed. Your comments of the pelican that returned to the site of a lost mate reminds me of a wonderful book I just read titled The Thing With Feathers which touches on those themes. I highly recommend it and will soon put up a post about it on my blog...

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  17. Interesting about the pelican pair and it seems that mating for life is taken seriously among them. So true that many people fail to cherish their spouses and friends. I have lost several dear friends over the years and try to stay on contact with others scattered in many states through cards, emails and phone calls. You never know when an unexpected contact would really make someone's day.

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