Wordy Wednesday-A fav bird for a dear friend and wonderful person

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  PELICANS

I happen to know that a dear friend Gary Woltal likes pelicans. So my friend this is for YOU<SMILE>

There are more than half a dozen species of pelicans, but all of them have the famous throat pouch for which the birds are best known. These large birds use their elastic pouches to catch fish—though different species use it in different ways.

Many pelicans fish by swimming in cooperative groups. They may form a line or a "U" shape and drive fish into shallow water by beating their wings on the surface. When fish congregate in the shallows, the pelicans simply scoop them up. The brown pelican, on the other hand, dives on fish (usually a type of herring called menhaden) from above and snares them in its bill.

Pelicans do not store fish in their pouch, but simply use it to catch them and then tip it back to drain out water and swallow the fish immediately. The American white pelican can hold some 3 gallons (11 1/2 liters) of water in its bill. Young pelicans feed by sticking their bills into their parents' throats to retrieve food.

Pelicans are found on many of the world's coastlines and also along lakes and rivers. They are social birds and typically travel in flocks, often strung out in a line. They also breed in groups called colonies, which typically gather on islands.

In North America, the brown pelican is endangered, but populations are recovering to some extent. The sea birds were devastated by chemical pesticides, such as DDT, which damaged the eggs of pelicans and many other species.

 

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Sharon Lee

Comments (19)

Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Hi Sharon. Thanks for additional background on pelicans. I do love them you are right. They are just the coolest of birds (and great fisherman as well). Nothing like seeing them diving into the water and then bobbing back up and floating on the surface. You have the BEST pictures always.

Sep 16, 2009 12:24 PM
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

Beautiful photos! I didn't know that about pelicans, how they catch fish & then drain out the water from their pouch. I also didn't know that the brown pelican is endangered in NoAmerica, and have rarely seen them. Thanks for sharing.

Sep 16, 2009 12:29 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

You are most welcome my friend. Have a great evening. <SMILE>

Sep 16, 2009 12:36 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Mara-Thank you for the comment. It is amazing how much we don't know about different birds that are common to us. Have a wonderful evening <SMILE>

Sep 16, 2009 12:38 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sharon, Your pictures are just beautiful.  I didn't know much at all about pelicans so I appreciated the pleasure of learning more about them...Thank you!

Sep 16, 2009 01:30 PM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Sharon

I enjoyed reading your post, also outstanding photo's.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 16, 2009 01:52 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Carole-Thank you so much. I love learning about all kinds of birds. Hope you are doing well. <SMILE>

Hi Lou-Thank you so much. I think they are pretty cool. <SMILE>

Sep 16, 2009 02:09 PM
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Nice info Sis ! ... cool how they are so close to a metropolis - we dont see them over this NYC way !

Sep 16, 2009 02:31 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi lil bro-Thank you so much. I really like your new photo in HD. You look somewhat like my brother Ron. Have a great Thursday. If you tell me your fav image I will do a post for you. P.S. It has to be G-rated too. LOL

Sep 16, 2009 03:05 PM
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Cool ! see what you can find for me on my favorite bird - the Cardinal !

Cheers !

 

Sep 16, 2009 03:19 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hey lil bro. That will be EASY cause it is MINE too. it started my love affair with birds. My post tomorrow will be about cardinals and it will be dedicated to YOU. Now I really got to go to bed. <SMILE>>

Sep 16, 2009 03:45 PM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Now Sharon, those are very interesting facts about pelicans - Learn something new everyday! I love the last photograph Sharon!

Sep 16, 2009 03:52 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Sharon, thanks for this informative post on pelicans. I too, learned something new today.  I love the Cardinal and look forward to your next post.

Sep 16, 2009 09:54 PM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Good info on Pelicans my friend, and some great pictures of them as well. Hope you're having a great day.

Sep 17, 2009 12:53 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Sharon:  More than I would have ever known about pelicans.  Up to now, I just knew that they were birds, what they looked like, and that they like fish. 

Sep 17, 2009 03:01 AM
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

ToulaRosebrock,com

Hi Sharon:

Pelicans are gorgeous birds....

We don't seem to get them here in NJ for much time...but we do see a few for about a month...

Sep 17, 2009 05:02 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Mary-It is amazing how much we all learn from one another. Hope you have had a great day <SMILE>

Hi Rebecca-I am looking forward to doing it. I love cardinals. <SMILE>

Hi JL-Thank you so much. I am a big fan of birds. I had a wonderful day my friend. Thank you so much. <SMILE>

Hi Chris Ann-We all learned about them cause I learned too. Pretty cool bird. Hope you had a great day. <SMILE>

Hi Toula-They are indeed and they are most likely migrating when you see them. Have a great evening<SMILE>

Sep 17, 2009 09:46 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Well, du-uh!  No wonder Gary loves these brids!  They're pretty amazing!

Sep 17, 2009 03:18 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Pat-They are pretty interesting for sure. I love your new pic. Very nice. <SMILE>

Sep 18, 2009 10:27 AM