High up – loggerhead shrike, kestrel and a starling.
Great blue heron posing on a light post.
One I helped save and one I couldn’t. The first one was walking around on the pier. I had a bait fish in my hand and he walked right up to me. He was all tangled up in fishing line with a hook on his wing. I was able to borrow clippers and a nice man was able to grab him as I was giving him the bait fish. While he held the pelican I clipped off all of the wire and the hook. He seemed okay so we let him go. He gave me one last look and took of into the sunset. The other pelican was sitting on the ferry boat. His feet were tangled up in fishing wire but he was able to fly and took off.
I was able to head down to Fort Desoto for a quick walk before sundown in late October before the time changed. Now it’s dark after work. Can’t wait till April.
It was windy so there were a few sailboats out in the bay.
This poor pelican looks like he scraped his head. He was hanging out at the pier. Why does if feel like everywhere I go, I see injured pelicans?
Some of the cool glass at the Chihuly exhibit in downtown St. Pete.
A boat of balls.
On the Sunday my sister was visiting in early March, it was dark and cold. At least it didn’t rain even thought it looked like it would all day. We headed down to the St. Pete pier since it may be the last time my sister sees it before she comes back. The famous pier is supposed to be torn down to build a new one at some time. The city keeps arguing over what to do so I’m not sure when it will be torn down. We made a quick stop in the Chihuly exhibit which is close by to look at the glass artwork. It made for a nice outing even though it was freezing by my standards. It was still nice to be out and near the water.
Look at that, a white pelican in the middle of the spoonbill and stork crowd. And, there are still a few coots left. Most of the coots flew north weeks ago.
I saw another white pelican swimming towards me. His wing looked funny.
It looks like he was a broken wing. When he flapped a few times, the wing was hanging down.
Is that why there are a few white pelican hanging around central Florida in mid-June? They knew their friend couldn’t fly any further so they stayed behind with him?
These three hung out together for a while feeding. I had heard the nature center at Circle B was keeping an eye out on him. He was finally caught and sent to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in St. Pete. I have heard he lost that wing and is now a permanent resident at the sanctuary. He was being spoiled and seemed to be doing well there. I’ll be visiting him soon. I guess now all of his friends can head back up north for the summer.
So here is the debate – should he not have been caught and allowed to live out his last few weeks free in the lake. Eventually he may have been eaten by an alligator with that bad wing. Or, was the right thing done to save him and remove the broken wing so he can live out many years being feed at the sanctuary. Spending his life with other injured white pelicans? They have a nice big pen with a pool to go swimming and get fed tasty fish every day. I have friends who have different opinions on the outcome. What do you think?
On another note, this morning I read an interesting post from guest blogger Scott Wittle on Arthur Morris’s site, Bird As Art. Scott is a photo birder that Arthur met recently in Trinidad. He had a very interesting opinion about whether you can be a birder or photographer or both at the same time. I felt like he was talking to me. I’m out looking for wildlife and hope I can get a decent picture to record it. I’m not always out looking for the perfect picture. You can read his post here http://www.birdsasart-blog.com/2012/07/10/scott-whittle-photo-birder/. Let me know your thoughts on which is you.