Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Perfect Pelecanus ??

Pelecanus PELICAN


Brown Pelicans are a common sight at our beaches and waterways, they love to hang out where there are fisherman or boats. They should be the Florida bird and not Louisana Bird because they are my favorite bird and I say so.

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I noticed this pelican llooked a little different and when I got closer, right up to 8 feet away realized he was minus one wing. I fell instantly In Love.
I found this perfectly wonderful one wing wonder at Jungle Gardens
(to see his feathers and eye shadow click on photo to enlarge)
 

Here he swims and eats fish and is safe from the humans that wish him harm. Protected for the rest of his life, living free in a beautiful  pond.


If you are interested in facts go to National Geographic




Nothing stops this Perfect Pelecanus, He walks. Granted it is a little strange to watch


As I stalked him with my Rebel, he ambled over to the edge and plunked his perfect body down in the water and glided away with his friend
I had trouble deciding which photos to post so i posted them ALL. if you are a follower you know already that I have this problem of OverKill on photos. One day I will post Just One.
these birds can live to be 10 to 25 years old, especailly in the enviorment of the Gardens. The others are free to fly away and come back at will, but why would would they?

26 comments:

Snapper II said...

These are great photos. It's a shame it is missing a wing. They are so ugly you can not help but love them.

Catherine said...

I think he's beautiful! What a shame to be missing the wing - makes me wonder what happened - it had to be painful. Good he's safe now.

MedaM said...

What a shame it is missing a wing, indeed! Poor pelican! I am glad that you posted all the photos. I would do the same. I enlarged all the photos and I am impressed with the details. Wonderful post Sandra! Thanks for sharing. I've never seen pelican in private.

RH (aka Lucy) said...

Goofy pelicans! How I love them. You just know they're going to cream themselves flopping into the ocean like they do with their 20/20 vision but boy do they come up gracefully with that fish. They are beautiful! I have to wonder about his wing though. Poor guy.

Remington said...

Great pics! Sad that he is missing a wing....

Ginny said...

Wow!! The fourth and fifth pictures are the close ups, I think, and they are my favorites! The light and focus are beautiful, and so is the bird. A bird that can't fly would be worse than a human who can't walk, I would think, because birds were made to fly. He is beautiful, and his feathers look like fur. Overkill? Hardly! In fact, I'm surprised these are ALL the pictures you took, I usually snap about thirty with something like this. Plus, each picture is real good, I wouldn't have been able to pick any less.

Scott said...

Great colors and detail. I didn't realize pelicans were so pretty up close. Nice job.

Mama-Bug said...

I love pelicans! We had a severe winter freeze up here in NW Florida several years back and some pelicans were rescued with frost bite on their feet. Luckily they were nursed back to health at a wildlife rehab and released. There were numerous sea turtles that were cold-stunned last year in St. Joe Bay that had to be rescued. I'm glad people take the time to care for these beautiful birds and wildlife.

Beverly said...

As I said, the pelican is my favorite Florida bird. I agree. let's campaign to have him made the Florida state bird.

Yes, that is the church in Citra. I have gone by so many times and wanted to stop for a photo or two. When I left for Virginia on Saturday, I decided that I would take my time and stop along the way. I also went to Cross Creek. If you've never been there, there are some great photo ops...true Florida.

Ginny said...

I just had to pop back over because I forgot to tell you how much I LOVE your header!!

DawnTreader said...

Who could not love him? ;) I don't think I've ever seen a pelican live, we don't have them here.

S. Etole said...

you took some amazing photos to share with us ... and your new header is delightful

Stacey Dawn said...

Oh no - these are not overkill - these are lovely. And yes - he is perfect as I believe all beauty is imperfect - that's why it's beautiful!! ;o) He's a symbol for life - make the best of what you have and ENJOY!

Picturit said...

Great set of images lovely looking bird despite the loss of wing

Ann said...

Wow, amazing photos. How sad that he's missing a wing but he seems to fare well without it. I think your reasons for making him the state bird are excellent

Diana (Di) said...

Sandra, it is simply a marvelous creature and you have captured so beautifully.

LC said...

The texture and colors of closeup feathers is wonderful. Can you remember when brown pelicans were almost gone due to DDT pesticide? So happy they are back here in Mississippi. Loved your colorful gourds from "the shopping place." Great job and great day-brightener.

LC said...

The texture and colors of closeup feathers is wonderful. Can you remember when brown pelicans were almost gone due to DDT pesticide? So happy they are back here in Mississippi. Loved your colorful gourds from "the shopping place." Great job and great day-brightener.

George said...

These are great pictures of this perfect pelican. Thanks for sharing them with us.
I'm not sure I really believe you will someday post only one picture.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Oh poor thing!! I wonder what happened to it but they seem to adapt to something like this pretty nicely. I once saw a little monkey without one front paw and it was amazing to see how it got around its disability.

These are great pictures Sandra. We do not have browne ones here.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Wow..yes, it's hard posting just one photo Sandra (you will be proud of me on my recent post) smile)) I love this series..what a sweet thing and a big o'l wing span! That happens but loveable just the same! Nice job- I'm glad their safe too..that water looks so inviting!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Forgot to say I enjoy your header..love that kind of stuff! I came home with some little pumpkins yesterday! I want some gourds now~

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh the poor little fellow. It looks like he got lucky and found the right place to live out his life.

I love to watch pelicans fly, they look so prehistoric. We see a lot of them on this coast but not nearly as many as I remember from FL. I like the big white ones we see sometimes, I know they are down your way too.

SquirrelQueen said...

PS, love your header photo.

Dave said...

those are exceptional photos Sandra, excellent details specially when viewed enlarged.

Krista said...

What a great post! I am so glad that this guy has a safe haven to stay at where he won't be harmed. He is so awesome! He reminds me of Nemo with one bum flipper. ;o)