Misty Shores Chesapeakes asked “Is that a swam amoungst the ducks?” on Follow Up Friday
but answered their own question… “ahhhhh pelicans I thought they were swans the other day, very cool!” on Look Whose Back!
Above is the original photo which does not clearly show the Pelicans bill.
Before you ask, those other birds are mostly Anhingas with a few Cormorants thrown in for good measure. The only difference it the tip of the bill. The Anhingas have a pointy bill and dive to spear their food which consists of fish and, reportedly, baby alligators.
Cormorants have a blunt bill, the upper bill slightly hooked at the end.
Neither bird has waterproof feathers so it must find shore or a some other perch where it can spread its wings until they dry.
Cormorants do more continuous soaring when they fly, while Anhingas flap their wings and soar in between, much like a hawk.
The only reason my Human knows that there are cormorants in that mix, is that she found one dead on our beach a couple of years ago.
Anhingas are usually solitary birds and very territorial. You only see these huge flocks in the winter.
Were you in charge of dropping the ball this year?! HNY 2014!
I don’t know, was I?
Now I need to go get some exercise…I’ll be back on Monday to tell you about my News Eve…in the meantime I’ll show up in Sepia Saturday and Black and White Sunday…come on along!
Y’all come back now!