After seeing dozens of little birds put on a show on these Pelicans’ territory (see the previous post), the commander of the Pelicans rose his mighty wings into the air, “Our turn! Get ready!”. His deputy commander passed on the message, and his troop was so ready!
“The phenomenon of the bird migration is really thrilling to watch and observe the birds’ excitement as they gather together and get ready for their long journey. When we see them coming, we feel really relieved because they made it.”
Now, I realize why some of us feel so much joy when we are watching them complete their long journey.This one is for you, Doda. 🙂
American White Pelican is one of the largest North American birds. Unexpectedly, we saw numerous Pelicans soaring with incredible steadiness on broad, mighty wings. It was a stunning scene! I probably captured at least a dozen of photos in a few seconds (shuttle speed at 1/1250 second).
Complete migrators have a set time and pattern of migration. Each year at nearly the same time, birds take off and travel as much as 15,000 miles (24,150 km) or more in a year.
In the spring males usually migrate several weeks before the females, arriving early to scope out possibilities for nesting sites and food sources, and to begin to defend territories. The females arrive several weeks later.
In the autumn, in many species, the females and their young leave early, often up to four weeks before the adult males.