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Hi my name is Nora and Welcome to my blog world. This is a nature and birding photo blog about Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada. I am trying to be a birder and I take photos of the birds and scenery I find. I hope you enjoy your time here and please come back again. PHOTOS WILL ENLARGE IF CLICKED. The photos are slide show enabled if you click on them. If you click on the top lighthouse photo it always takes you to the most recent summary list of my postings.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Welcome All Pelicans


We are welcoming all Brown Pelicans to the Victoria Inner Harbour! It is so weird and I don't know why they are here in this wet, winter weather but it truly is wonderful to witness.


It is "w" week at ABC Wednesday Meme so you will see a lot of silly "w" words. You will have to click "read more" below. Please continue reading to see all the pictures...the link is below this....people don't see it ....


They all seem to be flying between Fishermen's Wharf, Ogden Point and Pelly Island.



There are a whole bunch of youngsters and a few adults with the white on them.  I think there may be as many a two dozen of them all together. Apparently it is unusual that the mature adults are with them.

They are not wary of us anymore as they land right on the wharf now. These pictures were taken with very little light.


Their weight is up to 5.5 kilograms and their wingspan is approximately up to 2.5 metres.  Below see the difference having good light makes.
 I got a lot of shots that were way out of focus like below when they fly way too close.
 The shot before was a little better.


They circle really high up and then hit the water with quite a splash when they dive.  They are diving for small bait in the water right next to the dock where on a sunny day, about 40 photographers and on-lookers are all gathered around. Some people come for the day.  Others are just wandering along and walking and passing by. It was sunny and fairly warm on our second trip there and everyone was holding coffee and a snack from the nearby restaurant and a camera.
 I think I was still way too close on this one below.  The little youngster above is banded but I can't read it.  Perhaps one of the other better photogs can read the band on their 600 lens pic and we can find out where they are from.


It is probably due to climate changes that has brought them here.  Brown Pelican populations were threatened in the past by pesticides but their numbers have rebounded now and there are approximately 650,000 of them (not here) in total.
 Here in the shot below the Pelican is flying over me but I missed getting the head.  Nice feet and tail though.


I really like them.  The young ones are so cute and fearless of anything. I have not ever witnessed a wild bird being so tame.  The first week they were here they were a little bit more shy but not now.  If there is bait in the water watch out!! It is Pelican Madness here.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the loss of the children this week in
Newtown.  I truly hope the access to guns can be restricted now.

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65 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Oh wow! The camera would be busy at a scene like this You got some great shots.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures of beautiful birds, as always! I do love the beauty you share with us! Have a great and a very Merry Christmas!

Island Rambles Blog said...

Haapy Holidays Ruth.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks Sylvia. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Banded Pelican: I went through my photos and found the pelican with the blue band number R36. Blue band is on left leg with R36 and silver band on right. Would love to know where he came from. Does anyone know how one finds out who bands Pelicans and where?? This would solve the mystery of where this group came from, how far they had to come and why they are here.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Banded Pelican: looking around on the Internet and they are possibly from the San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles.

Crafty Gardener said...

You captured some fantastic pelican photos. I've never seen this bird in person, and they were never at the harbour when we were visiting. Perhaps next time ...

Island Rambles Blog said...

Here is some info about R36 Pelican from International Bird Rescue, San Francisco: Jay Holcolm: "It is the furthest north that anyone has sighted one of our pelicans banded as part of our pelican rehab program. R36 is a first year bird that came into our rehab program with fishing tackle injuries. It as rehabilitated and released on August 23rd in Sausalito, CA. We release them just under the Golden Gate Bridge so they have access to the ocean. A number of these young birds that were released in SF bay area or in LA seemed to have followed the adults north. Good to see and to know about. We have had a number of reporting’s in Oregon and Washington. R36 has not been reported until now." This info is from an earlier reporting of the bird at Race Rocks and the letter is to them from Jay Holcolm, International Bird Rescue and I have quoted it here.



Lori Skoog said...

This collection of photos is stunning!

bailey-road.com said...

Love those Pelicans!

mick said...

Great photos of the pelicans - they are fun to watch. Fantastic that you were able to track down where the bird was banded and where it came from.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks so much and I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season. I hope the Pelicans stay all year or come here every winter now.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Happy Holidays Lori. thanks for visiting me. Love your horses.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks for the visit. Your photos are lovely today.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hi Mick, wow you have some great high tide shots there. Yes other birders had seen this Pelican out at Race Rocks and reported him. So this group of Pelicans has been visiting us for a while now. There is another banded Pelican in the group also. I am always excited when I find a band on one of my photo birds, sometimes it is an eagle or a small bird. It is fun to track down when and where it was banded and thus learn so much more about them.

ladyfi said...

Wow - what magnificent shots of these creatures!

Gary said...

Great shots of these guys!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Roger Owen Green said...

I'd welcome them
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Luna Miranda said...

impressive captures! so pelicans love cold weather--probably the reason why i haven't seen them around here.:p i've only seen pelicans in SFo and Seattle, they're good-looking birds.

W is for...

Phil said...

That first shot is just fantastic, almost down the lens. It does seem starnge that Pelicans are turning up in Vancouver but there must be something there they like.

Mar said...

What wonderful collection of pelicans pictures, just great.

w is for..

Carol L McKenna said...

Wow! magnificent photography of one of nature's treasures, the pelican ~

(A Creative Harbor ~ aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

Happy Holidays to you ^_^

Leslie: said...

Wow! Amazing shots...we are welcoming the snowy owls back here again this year. Wonder why they're coming here.

Leslie
abcw team

Hilda R.B said...

Beautiful photos.
I have never seen this bird.
Thanks for sharing this.
From Hilda

Wally Jones said...

If there's a free fish meal, there will be Pelicans!!

Nice shots, Nora! Good job tracking down R36. That's really interesting information.

Coffee, cameras and Pelicans. A recipe for a good day.

Kate said...

The WINGS on those pelicans are WIDESPREAD and WONDERFUL! Awesome photos. Kate, ABC Team

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Stopping by from the Wild Bird Wednesday list. Looks like you had a fantastic time getting these beautiful images.

Jedediah said...

Pelicans are such goofy birds. You've got a lot of gorgeous photos!

eileeninmd said...

I have always love the pelicans, they are cool looking birds. Great shots!

Stewart M said...

Great pictures - I have lots of shots of our Pelicans - and you can be sure i'm going to take lots more!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

Maurizio Riccio said...

Nice comprehensive collection!

LifeRamblings said...

those pelicans are so wonderfully captured. great job.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Pelicans are wonderful!

Wedding
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team
Happy Holidays!

Jesh St Germain said...

Marvelous pics of these pelicans! Where our beach is, are also pelicans congregating on some rocks by the coast, but they're too far from land to make these close ups.
A merry pelican-Christmas to you!

Island Rambles Blog said...

thanks Kate, nice to see you on the ABC Team, my favorite people end up there!

Island Rambles Blog said...

Wonderful photos of the hawk on your site today thirtyseven.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thank you little tiny mouse, you are so cute. Your site is strange and wonderful and all the mice will love it.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hi Eileen, seems like we blog about the same things so your blog inspires me.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Merry Christmas in Australia Stewart, looking forward to more Wild Birds.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hello, and thankyou.I love your people shots. Will check back.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hello LifeRambling, I have been visiting your site. Cheers.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks so much. Beautiful children.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hello, love the photo on your site, it applies to long ago but also to today. Keep your children safe and close and hug them lots.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks Lady, lovely snow in Sweden. Happiness is a golden retreiver running through the snow.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hey Gary, a great Canadian blogger and blog buddy.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks Rog, thanks for being the best host with the most introductions.

ChrisJ said...

We have a lot of Brown Pelicans down here year round and also often a group of white pelicans. I love to watch them gliding along the beach.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hi Luna, happy holidays to you and your family.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks Phil. They sure like the little fish, bait, in the water. The herring spawn here in the spring and the Pelicans figured out that they are all still in the harbour right now, but it is so cold we all thought they would be gone in a week but it has been weeks now.....

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks Mar, have a delicious Christmas.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks Carol, your shots of the harbour always are calm and like a meditation.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hey Delta girl, really liked that last post about your hubby and his secret service work....you must know all the inside stories about the Olympics in England. Hope his toe is ok now.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks Hilda, I would like to hang your photos on my wall. They look like a painted canvas. I need to get goodle translate on here one day for all these people in Europe, I will add it one day.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hey Wally in Florida, Wally with a whole gift box full of the best bird pics for your enjoyment at Christmas time.

Pam :) said...

Enjoy them while they are there. Beautiful captures :)

W. Latane Barton said...

I love the large sea birds. They are very interesting looking but they would probably think I was interesting looking as well. he he.

EG CameraGirl said...

Super photos!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are grand, really, really grand images of the Brown Pelicans. I would love to see them again one day~

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks Chris..yes the pelicans are cute.

Rambling Woods said...

Amazing photos of birds I don't get to see often....lovely post...Michelle

Island Rambles Blog said...

thanks Pam. True they may leave at any time.

Island Rambles Blog said...

thanks Latane, yes they look directly at us and especially like the fish unloading dock and anyone that is fishing.

Island Rambles Blog said...

thanks, nice to see the Canadian bloggers here.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Hi Mary, hope your family is well now and you are having a great Christmas.

Island Rambles Blog said...

hugs Michelle, hope you feel better.

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