Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Pelecanidae (and Rubber Anatidae)

I wonder what the little guy in the foreground is thinking? "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, and maybe those guys won't notice me."

This morning I took Emily to school and was driving home by way of the post office when I spotted this flock of pelicans in our community pond. They floated about in their little group, seemingly oblivous to the rain. When the weather is nicer and they are more active, it's fun to watch them, performing like synchronized swimmers. They swim about in their group, all facing the same direction, perfectly choreographed moving to the right and then to the left. Sometimes they arrange themselves in a circle, all facing the center and in one motion they dunk their heads in the water, bottoms up, and all come up together at the same time. I like to picture them with little flowered swimming caps on their heads, straps hooked under their chins, like little Ethel Mermans.


After a while, I guess even the pelicans grew tired of the rain. I'm sure the rubber ducky was glad to have the place to himself:) And here's an aside. In trying to amuse you all with a clever name for a "flock" of pelicans (there isn't one, it's just a flock of pelicans) I did learn that in general, a group of birds on the ground is a flock, and a group of birds in the air is a flight. Class adjourned.

13 comments:

Xandra said...

LOL! That rubber duck was hilarious! I hope it found it's flock...

Xandra

Jen said...

I love the rubber duck in the pond..too funny. And the education lessen....lol. I know the school year is coming to an end....it's crazy here how about there?

Robin said...

What a fun picture - I wonder where the rubber duck came from?

Barb said...

How adorable, Karen. How on earth did that rubber duckie get there!

OK, I didn't know that about birds in the air being a flight. See? Visiting you is educational. LOL

Judith said...

Thank you so much for this interesting break from everyday stuff.

I've watched geese in a park, once a whole family of them, and was amazed at how precise and consistent they were about everything, placing their children between them as they swam) it looked more like they were floating), and especially their flying formations. Thanks again for the reminder there's more to life than what's on our to-do lists.

Kim said...

What a great post, Karen! I love little yellow rubber duckies and seeing that one bobbing around was hysterical.

I am so glad to hear that Joe made it home for a couple of weeks--I know how much you must miss him--as evidenced by my empty nest post I wrote last week! You won't believe this but it is 89 degrees outside right now! Less than a month it ago it was snowing!! I have the house all shut up and fans going all over the place--anything over 80 makes me a tad grumpy--see why I can never move away from here? At least we only get these kind of temps in spurts with a promise of relief within a couple of days. It is supposed to be significantly cooler tomorrow already! whew! I need to go find the directions to my automatic ice tea maker and get me some REALLY sweet tea.

Hope you are having a nice weekend.
*smiles*
Kim
Oh...thanks for the comment on my hair--I had it chopped the weekend before Mother's Day and always though I would blog about it but I never did. I hadn't had a new stle in over 15 years...it was about time, don't you think?

justabeachkat said...

Thanks for the lesson. LOL

Love the photos, especially the last one.

Hugs!
Kat

gail@more than a song said...

How did that little rubber ducky get out there! Cute pictures. I like your description of their synchronized swimming! We saw some pelicans in FL that would land on our airboat when we were touring the Everglades but they were brown and not pretty and got too close for comfort for me!

Anonymous said...

...So,birds on the ground are a flock, birds in the air are a flight and a piece of yellow plastic in a pond is....litter...

Anonymous said...

still can't get rid of that pesky baby brother can you....

BClark said...

What perfect timeing, you, the camera and the duck. Love it!! I never knew that pelicans did all those type of manuvers. Of coure now you have doomed me to picturing them in their swimming atire.
Hope all continues well with your housing upgrades.

Barbara

Bill said...

I'm so stupid...I kept staring hard at the top photo, thinking "now what kind of waterfowl is that???"

Then I read your post and found out it's a rubber duckie. Sheesh!

Those are wonderful pictures! You should submit them to the local paper. I had no idea that pelicans behaved like that or hung out in groups. The only ones I've seen have been perched singly on pier posts.

Trailboss said...

Stopped in to say hello. Love the pics. Glad things are going hectic in your world!