FLAMINGOS & PELICANS: BIRDS OF ABACO… YET NOT IN ABACO


PINK FLAMINGOS & WHITE PELICANS

BIRDS OF ABACO… YET NOT IN ABACO

This post is a slight, alright huge, cheat. It’s been a Hurricane Sandy-dominated week. I have been posting / updating daily about the storm: the before, during and after for Abaco. Weather predictions. Trackers. Pics. Views from space. Several thousand hits later, and I realise that, as for Irene last year, the world is thirsty for information about cyclones and the communities affected by extreme weather. The power and communication problems faced by Abaco (as elsewhere) at these times increases the global concern. There have been emails asking for information about damage at Green Turtle Cay; if I know how uncle Fred on Elbow Cay is faring; and what of Saucy Sue in Marsh Harbour (the boat, not the person)…

Now that the storm has passed, power and comms are mostly restored, and the clean-up underway on Abaco it’s thankfully back to wildlife. Some interesting birds are called for to spread some cheer.These two species will be familiar but not in the setting shown…

PINK FLAMINGOS (Phoenicopterus)

Cheat 1: These birds were photographed… in captivity. Not quite the same as the real wild thing, I agree. To see wild ones on Inagua during the past breeding season, check out my earlier post with wonderful photographs by Melissa Maura CLICK HERE

Cheat 2: They are not in fact the Bahamas / Caribbean species, now I come to think of it. But they are undeniably pretty and cheering.

WHITE PELICANS (Pelicanus)

The birds below are American White Pelicans, not the Brown Caribbean Pelican familiar in the Bahamas. This isn’t a real cheat, however, since these birds are listed (in some sources at least) as ‘accidentals’ in the Bahamas. These’s always the chance that you might see a stray one. And if anyone has – especially if they have a photo – I’d be most interested to know.

6 thoughts on “FLAMINGOS & PELICANS: BIRDS OF ABACO… YET NOT IN ABACO

  1. Write to Bruce Hallett (bhallett66@gmail.com). He has photos of a White Pelican taken on Abaco near the new ferry dock at Sandy Point. Tony White

    • Hi Tony, thanks very much for the info, I’ll follow that up. WPs don’t appear in some lists of Abaco birds at all, so I suspect they must be very occasional blow-ins. I’d be very pleased to add a photograph to prove it! All the best, RH

  2. I wish you guys best of luck with the clean up. We felt the tail end of Sandy all the way in Toronto so I can only imagine the damage in the Bahamas.

    Those pelicans are gorgeous though – I’ve never seen anything like them. You can’t blame them for settling in such a beautiful location though. I’d do it too!

    • Hi there Farah, good to hear from you. Thanks for the kind thoughts. Amazing how widespread the storm became, from small beginnings some way south of Jamaica… I ‘follow’ you – weekly updates – but our topics are somewhat different… Broken Penguins? Will they get repaired at the gentle hands of Random House I wonder?! All the best from Rolling Harbour

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