3 Pelicans & A Spoonbill May 5, 2015Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Nature.
A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week!
But I’ll be darned if I know how the hellican?
~ Dixon Lanier Merritt
Like other snowbirds, pelicans flock to the region during season to commune on our lagoon.
The resident snappy dressers, Roseate Spoonbills, happily share space with their snack happy northern cousins.
As they glide across the mirrored surface of lakes, ponds, and lagoons, well-pouched pelicans scan for fish, dipping nets at the ready.
Snatching fish in shallow stocked ponds is a *SNAP* for these sushi loving birds.
As each fish gets scooped up and swallowed down, a resounding *SNAP* from the pelican’s pouch echoes across and around the pond.
With every snatched snack, these voracious visitors smack their lips, keeping count in song:
100 tasty fish in the lake
100 tasty fish
I grab one out
And “SNAP* it about
99 tasty fish in the lake
Spoonbills, in contrast, are less obvious in appetite as they silently sweep, swirl, and sift through silt at water’s edge:
The roseate spoonbill spends a lot of its time in shallow water feeding. It sweeps its open bill from side to side in the water to sift up food like small fish, shrimp, mollusks, snails and insects. It has touch receptors in its bill that help it feel its prey. Like the flamingo, the roseate spoonbill’s pink color comes from the food it eats. Some of the crustaceans it eats feed on algae that give the spoonbill’s feathers their rosy pink color.
Spoonbills don’t sing silly fish songs . . . but they do practice Tai Chi and Yoga.
A good after-meal S~T~R~E~T~C~H aids digestion.
Aah . . . that’s better!