Lake Merritt Denizens

The Charge of the White Brigade

Lakeside Serenade

6 Responses to “Lake Merritt Denizens”

  1. Gene says:

    Love the pelicans pic. I haven’t seen that many pelicans together in one place since a couple years back when I saw a flock of brown pelicans flying along the edge of the bay in Berkeley or Emeryville.

  2. wordnerd says:

    That’s an EGRET picture, not a pelican picture.

  3. dc says:

    For the first time in my memory, white pelicans seem to outnumber egrets at the lake these days (I used to see a fair number of brown pelicans, but almost never white ones). The particular egret in this photo got hounded away from his spot when the pelicans decided to hang out there and pig out on the plants on the lake floor:

  4. wordnerd says:

    Acording to Sibley, White Pelicans have a wingspan of 9 feet, and weigh over 16 pounds. The one word description is IMMENSE. For elaboration, one has to read the description of Brown Pelicans: “Smaller and more slender than White Pelican…but still a very large and ponderous bird.” It seems possible that the ponderousness of the White Pelican is unsurpassed.

  5. dc says:

    Wordnerd: 16 lbs doesn’t sound so impressive. A fattened-up Thanksgiving turkey often weighs over 16 lbs too, after all.

  6. AlexAG says:

    Either there were a lot of great fishes there, or The Pelicans fell in love, but they didn’t realize they are not an Egret? Nice pics.

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