May 12, 2009

Pelican chicks are growing fast and hassling their parents (and each other) as you read this. We just returned from another week on Santa Barbara Island, where we filmed a nice age range—from tiny greyish “lizards” to large fluffy white chicks—being fed by their parents. The chicks poke around inside the parent’s pouch, looking for fish. It’s a funny, raucous scene. The pelican parents seem patient, tired, and sometimes annoyed by their always-hungry offspring, who sound a bit like bleating lambs. Later, as adults, these chicks will lose their hoarse, demanding voices: one of the major differences between pelicans and parrots!

Pelican Babies

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