P’s in a pod

Posted: November 10, 2020 in birds
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Yesterday I finally ventured back to the Preserve in weather chillier than that in Chicago and Philadelphia. There weren’t too many people, but there were still lots of birds. I saw what I thought was a group of egrets huddled together. Turns out they were pelicans, a first for me!

The woman I was standing near asked me what a group of pelicans was called. I said a pod because it sounded good together and lo and behold, I was right! The group can also be called a pouch, a scoop, a squadron or, if they are fishing as a group, a fleet. In science-fiction movies, you should never, ever go near a pod, especially slimy one. However, this pod was benign, but chilly.

As the sun came out, heads began to rise.

Ahh, feels SO good to stretch and yawn. My, what a big mouth you have!!

  1. DiosRaw says:

    Wonderful birds!

  2. peggyjoan42 says:

    Wow – to seem to be finding some wonderful photo opportunities. Great pictures.

    • Thanks, Peggy. When responding to Dan’s comment, I realized I’d seen brown pelicans before in Baja, but I’d forgotten about them and only had my phone, so no good photos. This was fun.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    Those are great photos. I think I’ve seen a pelican, but only one and only once. I’ve never seen a pod.

    • If I’ve ever seen them in the wild, it would have been when I was little. No! I take that back. When our older daughter got married in Baja California, there were brown pelicans there, but because I didn’t have my Nikon, I couldn’t get any good photos of them. I’d forgotten all about that.

  4. Ally Bean says:

    Aren’t those pelicans cute as can be!

  5. I don’t normally think of pelicans as being particularly cuddly birds, but this is proving me wrong. How cute!

  6. What a great sightings of white pelicans! I would normally only see them in the winter, but I did see some this past summer in a pond in the desert. They were probably migrating.

    They’re a great looking pod!

  7. What a cool unfolding to witness – almost like a flower blooming!

  8. scr4pl80 says:

    How cute is that. Glad you are feeling better!

  9. SoyBend says:

    Great pictures of them! They are such unique birds.

  10. restlessjo says:

    Temperature reversal going on in this topsy turvy world? I don’t care- I love these birds! Fab photos, Janet πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  11. Junie says:

    Janet, had no idea you post almost every day (even though you were not feeling well)!!
    Right now, blogging has taken second place. Am reading 3 books at the same time, which has me mesmerized, especially Johnathan Kahn with “Oracle,” am knitting in between, and I am diving into Acrylic, since I discovered I have a whole tote full of stuff for that art medium.

    • Unless I’m on vacation, I post every day (unless something is really wrong.) Sounds like you’re keeping creatively busy. I also know I owe you an email and I’ll get there. πŸ™‚

  12. aFrankAngle says:

    In awe of your beautiful images and with smiles at your sense of humor in this post. Thanks.

  13. lolaWi says:

    beautiful images, Janet! great shots πŸ™‚

  14. Su Leslie says:

    These are lovely images Janet.

  15. marianallen says:

    And, of course, I’m thinking of the poem by Dixon Lanier Merritt :

    β€œA wonderful bird is the Pelican.
    His beak can hold more than his belly can.
    He can hold in his beak
    Enough food for a week!
    But I’m damned if I know how the hell he can.”

  16. Great shots! Looks peaceful. Nature has lessons for all of us.

  17. Beautiful yellow color on their beaks. They look fluffy too.
    I love the one that’s yawning. SUper pixs, Janet.
    Be Safe … Izzy 😎

  18. Resa says:

    Thank you for these lovely shots, Janet! I have never seen a pelican in real life!

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