A Taste of Maine
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Pelicans and Other Birds

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There are more than 181 photos of pelicans on my camera. Pelicans are funny birds, very photogenic, and currently we are living cheek by fowl with them.

Small adult fish have been massing near shore and in the marinas, and they’ve been followed by larger fish, who’ve enticed still larger fish, and by pelicans. EW and I love watching the pelicans. These are brown pelicans, the smallest variety of pelican, and one of only two varieties who fish by diving. It’s the dive, and resulting “boosh!” -- something we describe as a boof/splash – that tickle us.

As Peter and LeeAnn on s/v Two Much Fun pointed out, the pelican will dive into the water, pop up, swallow the collected fish, and finally shake his or her tail feathers three times. So it’s

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PA191698PA191693They eat 4 pounds of fish each day, leaving some time for resting and grooming. Fortunately, they rarely rest, groom, or void on La Luna and then only on the bow pulpit. They can accept that. We’ll clean the anchor the next time we throw it over. PA201793

 

PA201755While observing the pelicans in the marina, I was joined on the docks by a Great Egret who had probably been fishing along the shore in the next harbor. It seemed that he took a break from his sedate wading and fishing to watch the oafish, yet effective booshing method of the pelicans. PA201766

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One day when we were on the mooring, I heard splashing and “booshing”, and went on deck to find a flock of pelicans were feeding off the starboard side. They had been joined by one brown booby who made short flights from pelican to pelican to grab any orts* available. Lazy bahs-sted.

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* Ort is one of my favorite words, frequently found in crossword puzzles.

Definition of ORT

:  a morsel left at a meal : scrap  

Just so you know, my favorite word is “plethora”. The booby enjoyed a plethora of orts. Or would it be a plethora of ort? Anyone know the plural of “ort”?

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