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Old Jun 13, 2007, 10:43 AM   #1
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High Country Pelicans

Lake El Vado is around 8,000 feet in altitude and Pelicans show up every year for the summer.

I was on top of a small ridge glassing with my binoculars trying to find something along the shore of the lake. Murphy's law showed up and all I found that interested me was at the farthest point from me and still be in the lake.

A view from where I was at



Where I found them and a close up after I got in closer



A small bunch of them started moving so I had to lay down and wait them out. No problem a 15 minute break laying in the sun was welcome



Here is the rest of them. Best I could tell they were having a business discussion.





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Old Jun 14, 2007, 4:27 AM   #2
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Lake El Vado is around 8,000 feet in altitude and Pelicans show up every year for the summer.
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THIS IS THE SECOND TIME YOU HAVE INTRIGUED ME WITH THIS.

Do you have any idea what that species migratory range is???? I 'd thing they freeze their tail feathers off there in the winter... especially at that altitude.

The only one we see on the east coast are the Brown Pelicans.... but I know the do get as far north as Virginia and Sothern NJ in the summer, and rather absent here until mid fall. And coatal too not sure I've ever heard of browns being in inland fresh water. (Actually for that matter you even know what they are called? So I can easily look them up

Browns are less socialbe too, while you might see a bunch of them in one spot, not in a tight group like that, and if feeding time quite competitive Though pairs and three/foursomes are fairly common.

Also any birds there hassle them? I have actually seen seagulls here that will sit on their backs trying to get them to drop a fish or get a scrap.
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Old Jun 14, 2007, 6:03 AM   #3
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Roger,

Great shots of the Pelicans, but image no. 1 is nothing short of spectacular! You are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of America!

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All very good as usual Roger, but I esp like the last one.


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Hi Roger,

Great scenery, terrific pelican shots. Did you switch to a wide angle to get the scenic shot, or just use the 50mm end of the Bigma?

Although I know that they move through this general area, I've never seen one around here. Coincidentally, one of our local wildlife rescue and rehab Vets was telling me how she just recently released one that was found on the shoreline in downtown Chicago with some kind of illness last summer. He had recovered pretty well by fall, but not enough to survive the migration, so she kept him over the winter until she was notified that the pelicans had returned to their nesting area up north of here. She released him in Wisconsin in a remote area only accessible by air boat. She said that he probably had gotten blown off course in a storm, and was too weakened by the illness to fight the wind. I saw the video of the release, and there were hundreds of them up there. It was pretty impressive when they were getting close with the boat and most of the flock of big white birds took off, circled around, and came right back to their nests.

On a more somber note, there was a story that made its way around the Net a few months ago about a pelican IIRC it was in London. In the middle of the day, surrounded by citizens and tourists, it hopped over and snatched one of the numerous pigeons that were milling around, then just sat there for quite a while with the pigeon sitting in its bill. The pelican would open its mouth a bit, and you could see the pigeon looking around. A number of people got shots of this. Then all of a sudden, the pelican tossed his head back and swallowed the pigeon in one gulp -- to the horror of everyone who was watching! Oh well, that's nature . . . I'd feel bad about it if it wasn't a pigeon -- they're so overpopulated in this area that they call them sky rats , and the City of Chicago even instituted a program where they released Peregrine Falcons in the city to try to control their population. This ploy didn't work as the falcons took off for the suburbs where there's a lot more open area.:-)

Very cool stuff seeing more about these big guys and their natural habitat.

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Great shots again. Pelicans seem to turn up where ever there is food and water. When the rains come you can see them in central Australia, where it may have been a desert for a decade or more.
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High Country Pelicans

Lake El Vado is around 8,000 feet in altitude and Pelicans show up every year for the summer.
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THIS IS THE SECOND TIME YOU HAVE INTRIGUED ME WITH THIS.

Do you have any idea what that species migratory range is???? I 'd thing they freeze their tail feathers off there in the winter... especially at that altitude.

The only one we see on the east coast are the Brown Pelicans.... but I know the do get as far north as Virginia and Sothern NJ in the summer, and rather absent here until mid fall. And coatal too not sure I've ever heard of browns being in inland fresh water. (Actually for that matter you even know what they are called? So I can easily look them up

Browns are less socialbe too, while you might see a bunch of them in one spot, not in a tight group like that, and if feeding time quite competitive Though pairs and three/foursomes are fairly common.

Also any birds there hassle them? I have actually seen seagulls here that will sit on their backs trying to get them to drop a fish or get a scrap.
I have no guess on their range but they are only here in the summer. I haven't seen any birds bothering them at all. ONe thing I do know is they are skittish.


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Great shots of the Pelicans, but image no. 1 is nothing short of spectacular! You are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of America!

Jay
I agree Jay I am licky to able to live here. Thanks for looking and for the nice comment.

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Great shots of the Pelicans, but image no. 1 is nothing short of spectacular! You are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of America!

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I agree Jay I am licky to able to live here. Thanks for looking and for the nice comment.

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All very good as usual Roger, but I esp like the last one.


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Thanks Darren for the kind comment and for taking the time to look.


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