M! Challenge: Migration, etc.

Pelican Mooners
Pelican Mooners, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (Click on image to enlarge).

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Unforeseen gesture
Charms varied dispositions
Avian mooners
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Have you ever been mooned by pelicans, or any other creatures?  This would be a first for us!  The seagull seems to be their coach, saying, “ok everyone, listen up,…1…2…3…moon!”

On a more serious note:

Pelican Flight
Pelican Flight, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (Click on image to enlarge).

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Instinctual paths
Speckled with diversity
Feathered migration
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These photos were taken this past weekend at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Northern Utah USA, an area where I am quite familiar.  We wanted to visit this refuge during the Spring migration, which started early this year.

The refuge is on a delta of the Bear River in the northeast arm of the Great Salt Lake, and is the largest freshwater component of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem.  It “offers some of the most phenomenal water bird watching in the Western United States.”  According to the US Fish & Wildlife Services, the refuge is “acclaimed as one of the world’s 10 best birding areas” and has “long been considered one of the most valuable wetlands in the intermountain west region.”  It is a 74,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge and is host to millions of migratory birds yearly.  Located the edge of two North American migration flyways, the Central and Pacific flyways, it is an important resting, feeding, and nesting area for birds in both flyways and is a habitat for more than 200 bird species.

The birds in the photos are American White Pelicans.  Their Spring returns occur in March in Utah and they pair up with mates after arrival.  They are monogamous, with nest building occurring within five days.  According to the refuge’s website, the number of American White Pelicans on March 26, 2012 was 175.

In the future, I will post a few more photos from this trip.

This post is for the “M” Challenge by Frizztext (“M” is for Migration, Mooned (slang), Mate, Monogamous)

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49 responses to “M! Challenge: Migration, etc.

  1. I often heard from goose and storks in Germany leaving Europe to find Africa; also was impressed by a movie by Yann Arthus-Bertrand following birds’ migration around the globe; your article is a charming add!

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  3. Love the post, Fergie! And I gotta tell you, I was just mooned by a male duck last Sunday (I posted it on my blog). You however, have captured these pelicans brilliantly! Perfect timing!

  4. Beautiful pictures and I enjoyed the details on the park. I just hope there would more refuge like that all over the world. I have been mooned by many birds and other larger wild animals in the years I spent in the wild country. 🙂

  5. What a great entry… gorgeous photos, beautiful haiku, hysterical mooning, and very interesting info! Thank you.

  6. lovely photographs…love the framing of #2 especially, with the framing showing the birds on right leaving the frame and in the left just entering the frame…very dynamic !

  7. Mooning by birds…is that what it’s called?! Now I know…yes, I’ve been mooned by Black Swans on Albert Park Lake, which is very close to my home in Melbourne, Australia. I had always a smile on my face when they seem to do that in tandem, as if on cue. Next time I’m there, I’ll try and get a few pix. These are good clear photos. As to only 175 pelicans…wow, what a shame. The pelican is my favourite as ship of the sky. We’ve been so lucky over the last few years when the rains have filled Lake Eyre and surrounding two other major lakes and the birdlife just went wild….thousands of our brand of pelican just bred as if they were having a party! Our numbers had been declining too, but not now.

  8. Your Words go perfectly with the photos.
    I love the mooners!
    well I really like both!

    )0(

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