Monday, September 8, 2014

Pelicans In Nebraska

I decided to take a trip down to DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa and Nebraska, at the recommendation of Out On The Prarie, and I found these two American White Pelicans. I never knew I might find pelicans in a place like Nebraska. The signs said I was in Nebraska. I thought pelicans only lived near the ocean.

The funny thing is that I knew exactly what they were as soon as I saw them. I guess there's no mistaking what a pelican looks like. Of course I had to check later just to make sure, but my guide confirmed that they were indeed pelicans.

I took a lot of pictures, but most of them came out blurry. I think it was the distance combined with their white color that made so many pictures come out so bad. I was glad when I saw that at least a few came out okay. These would have been some of the best anyway.

And now for my newest episode of Rat TV. I had to wait to get this video uploaded to Youtube before I could write this post. I didn't want to leave it out. You don't get the best look at the pelicans, but the video is clear and steady, and it's not bad. They just didn't pose very well.

This was the first picture I took of them. You can see that they weren't very interested in posing for the camera. It would have been nice if they would have stood up nice and straight for the camera, but I guess you can't get everything that you want. I'm just glad I got these pictures.

I probably could have gotten a little bit closer, but I was afraid they would leave if they saw me lurking around. Maybe I would have gotten a few good pictures of them in flight, but I didn't want to risk it. And besides, it wouldn't have been nice to disturb them. I'll talk to you later.

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  1. Nicely done. On the video as well.

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    1. Thanks. I was a little worried about the video.

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  2. Glad you found a favorite place of mine. They have lists at the visitor center in the spring to tell who has been through during migration and who stayed and is nesting. Pelicans are fun to watch while they fish in sync.

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    1. I need to go back next spring too then. I would have liked to stay a bit longer than I did.

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  3. Who'dda thunk it? I never would have thought to look there to find a pelican. Doesn't one of those capture the image of the very rare headless pelican? . . . Oops, never mind. Excuse me.

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    1. Those headless pelicans seem to be all too common.

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  4. My human didn't know pelicans lived outside of the coasts either! I guess they just aren't the posing type.

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    1. I'm glad I found out they live around here too.

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  5. beautiful pictures, and love your video too. i love pelicans, and yes, you're right, the white pelicans usually stay a little bit farther from the ocean, here in san diego, we only find them in lakes and estuary, the closest they are to the ocean is maybe a mile in estuaries and bays. However, there are a lot of them in inland lakes and bays. the brown pelicans however, stay mostly on the coast. glad you were able to find some of them.

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    1. Thanks for the information about pelicans. That's very interesting.

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  6. Well, that's a surprise. I would never think to see pelicans there!

    I think your photos are nice!

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    1. I'm glad I found them. They were such a surprise.

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  7. I LOVE white pelicans, and I've never been able to get close enough to get good pictures. These are awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I was so afraid of moving closer to them. I just knew somehow that they'd fly away.

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  8. But they think they were posing so well.

    Sigh!!

    Different schools of thought.

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    1. Maybe they were trying to be difficult. They were telling me to wait for the next ones.

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  9. Awesome video and the pictures came out great. Nice captures.

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  10. Wonderful birds, Pelicans, you seem to have caught their essence here! Great job Ratty!

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    1. Thanks. I was so afraid that they'd fly away. I just stared at them for quite awhile.

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  11. I think these photos are fantastic! What beautiful elegant birds - I really like the white birds against the blue water.

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    1. I really couldn't believe I was seeing them at first.

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  12. I saw a white pelican while I was piling up a tributary at Ed Zorinsky Lake in Omaha. Very cool I have never seen one in this area before.

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    1. Aren't they such a beautiful sight when you see them out there like that?

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