Saturday, November 22, 2008

Camera Critters--Pelicans



Awhile back, I found this great meme called Camera Critters. I love the pictures and decided that with my wealth of critter pictures down here in SW Florida, I would join in and I have for several weeks now. I would like to have you hop on over to Camera Critters. There you can either sign up for your own post for Camera Critters or see lots and lots of other great critter pics. So, now that you've done that--here is my critter for the day.

I love Pelicans, whether they be the enormous American White Pelican or the Brown Pelican. The White Pelicans are the biggest American bird next to the condor. A White Pelican weighs about 15 pounds. (I should know--I have held a couple over the past few years.) The Brown Peli looks like he weighs about as much but surprisingly only weighs about 5 pounds. (I should also know as I have held a LOT of these.) And I have found, that each pelican has it's own personality. Some can be pretty "snappy" and want to bite. And yes, I have the scars to prove it. Others are very docile and don't mind when you walk by them or pick them up. (BTW, this is all done in the hospital. Do not attempt this on the beach unless they are injured and you are rescuing them!) I guess what I love most about them are their eyes. How could you not love something with eyes like that?

This is a picture of my grandkids, Sam and Erin, with a White Pelican that they helped rescue a couple of years ago.

10 comments:

Jedediah said...

Their eyes really are beautiful, those are some great shots.

Nikki-ann said...

Fantastic pictures! Thanks for sharing them and the info with us :)

Rambling Woods said...

It is nice to get a close look at the pelicans...wish you could still post photos from the clinic...

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Cathy said...

Great close-up!

babooshka said...

These are beautiful. We have george the a white escapaee from the widlife park. I've a cormorant in flight today.

gail said...

I love the pelicans, too. They have so much personality. (and haven't YOU become daring! lol)

Snowbird said...

Gail, yes I have become a bit daring but did I mention where that picture was taken??? Hee hee.

Bernie Krausse said...

Beautiful Photo of the Brown Pelican. It looks very Content.

Mare said...

Great photos! =)

Years ago, before Disney's Animal Kingdom opened, we would visit their Discovery Island. I loved to sit on the beach and watch the pelicans. They were just amazing!

Alexis Jacobs said...

That is a cool shot. Love how up close it is shot from. BTW... LOVE your grandson's hat and shirt. Go Buckeyes!