Some Pelicans and “F” stories voting reminder

Let’s get this out of the way . . . if you’ve read them, the writers hope you voted for your favorite of the “Alphabet Challenge F-Stories” HERE.

That’s also where you can find links to the stories so that — you know — if you’ve yet to read them, you can get to reading them before voting. The “G” Stories should go up soon despite me not having started on mine yet. Apparently, the Broxson Twins have theirs ready or near ready.

Many people are struggling now, so we understand if these voting reminders go unheeded.

Right!

On to Pelicans. Specifically, American White Pelicans (probably racist). And just because only a few readers click on links, HERE‘s a site I came across that looks interesting and I’ll be exploring.

So, yes, the pelicans are back. A few days ago, we went for a drive just to get the cars running for a bit and drove to the Crab Orchard Refuge. It was a cloudy day — it seems to be a common occurrence here in Southern Illinois — and these guys were in a cove, making the lighting even more difficult, and hence why the feathers are almost washed out.

That Pelican was parading back and forth in front of the heron . . .

Those guys are competitors, but maybe they were working together.

Pelicans have been known to work with each other to herd fish into a school and then dive in to feed. Unlike Brown Pelicans (for example, THESE), these pelicans mostly surface feed as opposed to diving.

I mean, they still dive, but do so while floating or — as in the case of this next sequence — after making a short run atop the water. So, let me set the scene; these three pelicans had been swimming in seemingly random patterns, but they’d actually been herding fish and then, in an explosion of paddling and wings, they rush in and dive into the fish.

The sequence begins when they in unison make a dash for a specific spot . . .

Those shots are from October 29th of last year. Yes, I keep meaning to process the 300+ photos and the dozen+ videos I shot that day . . . but, I still have to finish processing the Fall cruise . . . after I process the Panama Canal Cruise of January 2019 . . . which I will do after I finish processing the 2017 Alaska Cruise.

The good news is that it’s unlikely we’ll go on another cruise, so there’s time for me to catch up.

Anyway, the pelicans from the other day were a bit closer, so I was able to get somewhat better photos.

By the way, these also have the black feathers, but you can’t see them when their wings are folded.

Here’s my favorite shot from this outing . . .

You might be wondering about the protrusion/growth atop the beak . . .

. . . so let me quote from one of the sites I linked above . . .

“… research showed that they have this odd bump during the breeding season–apparently, it makes them more attractive to prospective mates! Go figure. Interestingly, this is called a nuptial tubercle and it will fall off after the breeding season.”

And, from Wikipedia . . .

“During the breeding season, both males and females develop a pronounced bump on the top of their large beaks. This conspicuous growth is shed by the end of the breeding season.”

So, there you go . . . What? How to tell male and females apart?

Well, “Apart from the difference in size, males and females look exactly alike. Immature birds have light grey plumage with darker brownish nape and remiges.”

Difference in size? Here’s the description of the sexes: “Both very large and plump, it has an overall length of about 50–70 in (130–180 cm), courtesy of the huge beak which measures 11.3–15.2 in (290–390 mm) in males and 10.3–14.2 in (260–360 mm) in females.”

So, the males have a marginally longer bill, but from observing the small group I photographed, I didn’t see an obvious difference. All I know is that some were not breeding because they had no nuptial tubercle, or so I’m told.

I’ll have more photos in the future (one of these tomorrows we all like to defer to) but meanwhile, you can click on each photo above for a version twice as large or go to THIS SmugMug gallery for the full-zoom versions of the photos.

Anyway, stay safe, and if so inclined, read the stories and then please vote.

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7 Responses to Some Pelicans and “F” stories voting reminder

  1. AnnMarie says:

    Excellent fishing sequence! That first photo is really great. And I, too, like that full front portrait!

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  2. GREAT still-bird shots and GREAT action-bird shots!
    The photos where a bird seems to be looking right at you are my favs!
    Thanks for explaining about the bill. I was gonna’ ask about that.
    Ha, looks like they have good hair days and wild hair days.
    (((HUGS))) to you and Melisa!

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  3. Ggreybeard says:

    Your pelicans look different to ours in Oz. I’ve never seen one with that “pronounced bump on the top of their large beaks”.

    I’ve heard of several instances of gastric infection outbreaks on cruise ships so my Bride and I ruled out cruises – but I never expected them to turn into death ships.

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    • disperser says:

      I’d have to see them in person, but from the photos, they don’t look that much different other than some coloring.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_pelican

      As for cruises, I was always skeptical until we went on our first one cruise (Alaska). I didn’t care too much for the Caribbean cruise, but all the other cruises were fine. The experience is the convenience of being on the boat and seeing multiple locations, but you have to like being on the boat (ship).

      We had planned to continue cruising, including European cruises, but now we’d want to see what health procedures will be in place.

      We typically fared OK other than a few instances, but even then, I’m not sure if it was from the cruise or the airplane rides. As far as the cruises, it’s easy to stay away from most people (unless you attend events, which we seldom did). We had also stopped going on excursions because you get packed on a bus with people who may openly cough and sneeze.

      It boils down to idiots; people who don’t follow directions and ruin it for all. I suspect they will discontinue buffet dining because that’s where we usually saw the most instances of people disregarding safety-driven hygiene. As for the rest, we avoided elevators, casinos, crowded theaters and eating when it was very crowded. Overall, we enjoyed all of our cruises and would cruise again if they could assure us they allow no idiots onboard . . . meaning, we’ll probably not be cruising again. Heck, I already don’t want to fly, so all that’s left is walking to Australia . . . er . . . surfing.

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