This pelican was perched on the railing of the pier at Kure Beach. There were four or five pelicans that day, but this one was really close to us.
I love pelicans, and when I was a very young little girl, I thought they were storks that delivered the babies. I was a kid back in the late 30's and early 40's, and people didn't talk about where babies "came from" the way they do today. Babies were either "found in the cabbage patch", or were "brought by a stork". The first time I saw a pelican, he had his whole "beak" filled with fish, so the underneath part hung down like a sack. In my childish mind, that bird was a stork on the way to deliver a baby.
Later, when I saw my first real stork, it had much longer legs, so I was totally confused. I must have been at least 7-8 years old before I got it all straightened out, but I still thought the stork brought the babies. He just didn't carry them in his mouth, but in a type of "sling blanket".
I kinda wish kids didn't grow up so fast today.
Nice picture PM813. Thank you for sharing.
This guy certainly is a very fine bird like in the nonsense poem.
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When I go fishing at Jensen Beach Causeway, Florida, there is this group of pelicans that always hang together. When I clean the fish they all come to see what I will give them.
By Willie Q
Thanks, for sharing. I always thought pelicans were pretty cool-looking. They have an interesting face. (08/01/2010)
These are Pelicans on a sand bar in Cedar Key, FL. The first is at sunset and the second is just before sunset. These were taken before the oil spill.
The little island in background on both photos was the old Cedar Key island before the hurricane back years ago, sometime in the 40's. I forgot the exact date.
These would be gorgeous framed and used for wall art! Breathtaking beauty! (06/29/2010)
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. (06/30/2010)