Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Synchronized swimming

"All together now, duck for fish."

"All together now, up and swallow."

"All together now, look for more fish."

"All together now, heads down, wings up."

"All together now, burp up fish."

"Start all over again."

On one of my recent trips to the zoo to check out the wild spoonbill babies, I walked over to the African section of the zoo. I stopped to see the white pelicans in the big aviary and noticed how funny they all looked doing the same thing at the same time. I watched for a while and realized they did this over and over again traveling in circles around the pond. I wonder if the white pelicans that visit Circle B Bar Reserve in the winter do this. There are hundreds of pelicans huddled close together at the reserve so I guess it's harder to notice this little routine. I thought it was cute and started snapping some pictures.

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  1. Fabulous! I remember watching synchronized swimming events when I was young, and these pelicans really know their routines! Great photos, Dina.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. This little photo essay has me smiling from ear to ear.
    Fun shots!!!
    Your post below is equally filled with cuteness.
    Carletta@Round The Bend

  3. LOL, made me laugh too! Awesome post and photos!

  4. Fantastic to watch and see.
    Great series of pictures and words.

  5. You have this neverending store of fun images, which are also very beautiful. We all leave here smiling, I'm sure.

  6. Great series again Dina!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  7. Wow, 'water ballet'! Superb post:)

  8. That was SO MUCH FUN--great photos.

  9. WOW...a great set of images of your beautiful birds.
    Many thanks for sharing.

  10. What a great series, I have always loved the White Pelicans. Fantastic photos, Dina!

  11. These are great, especially when combined with your narrative.

  12. Very quirky behaviour Dina, Like retirees at the Golden Corral buffet!

  13. Thanks everyone, these guys were fun to watch.

    Springman, I can tell you've spent some time in central Florida!