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White pelicans on the lake

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This is Lake Chapala, the largest lake in Mexico just one hour south from Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico.

and this is a white pelican who made lake Chapala his winter home.

Every year, thousands of American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) fly 4,000 kilometers south from their normal habitats in central Canada to enjoy western Mexico’s warm winter. Like us. They arrive in November and leave in March. Like us.

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There is a little fishing town on the other side of the lake where they concentrate because local fish processing plants are feeding them but we have plenty of pelicans here on the North shore as well. They are fed by the local municipality (I speculate) as they are becoming a local tourist attraction.
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Here they are waiting patiently and organized for food to arrive

Feeding time.

The guys with buckets of food are very good of distributing fish parts all over that everyone catches some.
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There is a nice malecon along the lake where you can sit on benches and watch the world go by or have fun to watch birds and pangas on the lake.

This is a place where families gather and stroll on the weekends in their best clothes. People from the big city come and eat in the local restaurants and take a ride in these little boats (pangas) around the lake. It is good for the local ecomomy.

This picture shows the crowds on the weekend. Mexicans love big gatherings.

During the week the place is relatively empty and we can enjoy the show with fewer people …..sometimes very colourful.

Golng,going…….

All gone! That’s all for today birdies.

Now they can just relax and preen.

or sleep


Even local fishermen scattered daily on the lake would throw them a fish or two which is too small for them to keep. They sure have a good life here. They are protected and admired.

You do not look like a white pelican and obviously want to go for a ride.

Great White Egrets are also plentiful around the lake and they stay year round. Sometimes, they simply stand still, seeming just to enjoy the beauty of sparkling water and golden sun .


This is a wonderful place for water birds watching.

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The malecon is clean and very well kept . Beautiful white
rose bushes at the base of all plams.

and dozens of hanging baskets along the east malecon.

Bougainvilleas in pots lacing the colonnade

The weather is wonderful and we can enjoy it all for another month and half.

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True escapism for me! How beautiful and colourful and sunny it all looks.
Thank you.

5 Feb, 2016

 

I can dream can't I? In spite of an icy north wind howling outside my door! I'm in a pangas watching pelicans on Lake Chapala.

5 Feb, 2016

 

The Egrets have made quite a comeback. That's good to see since they were made almost extinct during the 19th century so their feathers could adorne women's hats. In a nine month period 130,000 Egrets were killed to supply the London market with their feathers to be sold to milliners. Come to think of it many animals succumbed to extinction or near extinction for women's fashion trends or men's interests in fashion (beaver pelt hats) ,sporting(near extinction of the American buffalo) and aphrodisiacs (rhino horn) to name a few. Beautiful area and odds are the location of those bait buckets is now encoded in the pelicans genetic chain:)

5 Feb, 2016

amy
Amy
 

Fabulous photos Klahanie and nice to learn more about the area ,our daughter spent her honeymoon in Mexico 20 years ago , I don't recall her sending us any photos :o) ...

5 Feb, 2016

 

Wonderful blog, Klahanie! I had no idea that Mexico was such a great place to see birds.

A memory . . . in the Caribbean many years ago we used to watch a pelican diving into a small lagoon where we were staying. I once dived under water to watch him swoop into a shoal of fish and grab a beak-ful.

Thank you for sharing your lovely sojourn :))

5 Feb, 2016

 

Beautiful ! Beautiful ! photos you enjoy the rest of your stay .

5 Feb, 2016

 

Thank you all for your comments.
Wildrose and Bathgate, the spring is coming soon so hang in there. Have you seen this picture of affects of El Niño? It tells the story.
http://ww2.kqed.org/science/2016/02/01/why-this-el-nino-is-one-for-the-books/

Loosestrife2, I got your point. If you want to see hundreds of beautiful white egrets come and visit Lake Chapala in Mexico. We have two species (I can mainly see) the Great White and the smaller Snowy. You would not worry about the buckets if you would know how much the lake is polluted.

Amy, 20 years ago it was not so easy to send pictures. I do not think we used the digital photography the same way as we use it now. I am sure that if your daughter would go on her second honeymoon today you would receive lots of pictures.

Sheila. Wonderful memories. I do not think that these white pelicans are diving from the air to fetch the fish like those Caribbean's do. And you would definitely not dive to see them here, even if they did. This lake is beautiful to look at but it is polluted due to Lerma river bringing all the industrial upstream waste to it. Lots of talk about dealing with the issue but so far nothing has been done. Local fisherman eat the fish from it (and the lake is stocked) but you and I probably would not eat it. Sadly. Although, there is more activity on the lake this year ....kayaks, seadoos and waterskiing . Our landlords have kayaks here for our use and maybe one day......

5 Feb, 2016

 

Thank you Kidsgran :-) XX

5 Feb, 2016

 

I really really enjoyed this blog - great pictures, and very interesting. We have little egrets on the south coast nowadays - it doesn't seem long since the sighting of one would bring birders flocking from far enough! I was so excited to see my first one.
Those pelicans really know how to pack themselves together!
It must be wonderful to sit looking at the lake with all that goes on there - especially when we look out of our windows here at yet more rain...

5 Feb, 2016

 

Thank you Stera. Mexico has such a bad reputation in these days but it is a beautiful , colourful and diverse country with interesting history.
Glad to hear that you have white egrets nearby as well.

5 Feb, 2016

 

I never knew pelicans did that !
It's a beautiful place :)

5 Feb, 2016

 

Thank you Hywel.

5 Feb, 2016

 

Wonderful ! :o)

6 Feb, 2016

 

Lovely Blog, Klahanie. Love the plumage of the g w egret. I can see why it was killed for its feathers. Thank goodness
it no longer happens. The little egrets are often seen in G B
but not the great whites.

6 Feb, 2016

 

Thanks Terra and Feverfew, I appreciate your comments.
:-)

6 Feb, 2016

 

As always,a great vacation for the eyes.

Is the water in the lake warm? Maybe the shallows?

9 Feb, 2016

 

You would not like to swim in it Stan. Polluted . I see fishermen walking in it and sometimes little Mexican kids, but not very often. It is winter here so who knows in the summer. There are people in kayaks and in boats.

9 Feb, 2016

 

This pictures is really beautiful Klahanie , and its like the nature is with me , xxx

16 May, 2016

 

Thank you very much for your kind comment Junna. We really enjoyed watching these pelicans.

16 May, 2016

 

I wonder if people there know how good they have it? Because they sure do have it.
All I would need besides gardening is a microwave and internet with big screen TV in a house. Any house. I can see it now....

17 May, 2016

 

You are not alone in that thinking Stan. Tons of Americans moving there lately....full time. Canadians more or less snowbirding. The area is becoming a little gringolandia :-)

17 May, 2016

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