• Visiting pelicans
In late April, I had the opportunity to spend a day visiting pelicans observe their lives. The colony of pelicans is almost part of the roll-off section Damchikskogo Astrakhan Nature Reserve in chopping cane ...
Some pelicans already appeared chicks.
Periodically, pelicans sitting on nests, emit guttural sounds. It seemed to me that they inform their spouses of their time to change.
often arise between neighbors here such here "talk in the kitchen." Synchronous triangles of their huge beaks and their posture clearly indicate that between the pelicans there is intense communication.
He is calling his half, obviously informs that home products end ...)
He heard flying ...
In the morning it was so beautiful here, misty full moon. And the whole night was a good rain, the seas drove the wave before it. Concealing a cloak and equipment, I swung into a small boat, waiting for the dawn.
But the morning was good. Windy but no rain.
I woke up and counted its pelicans - all so the same nine pterodactyls in front of me. And just in this colony, by my count, there were more than a hundred birds.
They flew on to me very close, and sometimes circling, making for a few laps, considering why the boat the second day without movement is people.
One by one fly pelicans nest on their spouses. Bring the fish and then the same again sent to fish.
A month has passed ...
A few days ago, 25 May, I again came to the meeting to its pelicans. What I saw, I was just amazed!
The chicks, which were quite tiny, in the past month have become incredibly huge birds. Morning babies sleep:
That night, 24 hours, they quietly sailed quietly to me, lying in a small boat, and began to gently nibble on while trying on a tooth that I have for this fruit. At this moment, the thought flashed - like in the eye accidentally pecked the young pterodactyl. I quietly stroked one chick's neck and then the second. They were surprised, but did not understand what was going on. Several times I had to stroke and slowly push their "output" ...
This is an adult pelican. He flew near.
The kids are totally independent. Swim, feed themselves.
Their nesting platform was under water due to flooding, and at this point only a thick layer of reeds on which they climb to rest and dry. Despite the fact that the weight of the chicks a little inferior to adult pelicans, litter bear the weight of all nine "kids."
And this under the supervision of the kindergarten teacher - about 20 chicks.
Mentor very attentive and rigorous. A little something goes wrong, immediately plucks chicks for any fault. It's great to their disciplines. Kids behave around.
Adult birds constantly fly - fly.
Another group of Kindergarten.
And these shots can be clearly seen that the chicks are not swollen from hunger ...)
Well, you can imagine the size of the kids at the moment?
Dried after the next heats.