Return of the Pelicans

I’ve been at the beach for three weeks now and seen nary a pelican.  Magnificent frigate birds we’ve seen in abundance, but no pelicans.  Then, when I finished writing my blog early this morning, a mysterious unsigned message appeared as a comment: 
“The peligans are back.”  Spelling aside, I ran out to see the scene shown below—banks of pelicans soaring in, others resting on the waves, others on the offshore rock and moored boats and floats.  You might guess that a poem evolved.  You’d be right. Photos follow.

Return of the Pelicans

The pelicans come soaring in, completely at their ease
to settle on the empty waves wherever they may please.
They do not ask permission after being gone so long.
They don’t amuse with antics. They do not offer song.
We do not know where pelicans have kept themselves for weeks
when we were looking for them, taking furtive peeks
outside our doors, off terraces, and from our cafe chairs.
We missed their stretched-out funny bills. We missed their derrieres.

We have missed their diving prowess and their flying in a chain.
We missed their grumpy countenances. Missed their bland disdain.
So now that they are back with us, perching on our boats,
messing up our launches, defiling our floats,
we’d like to issue them a welcome, but they do not like the fuss.
It puzzles them, because they feel ambivalent towards us!

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16 thoughts on “Return of the Pelicans

      1. slmret

        I thought maybe so — we’re having similar problems here, and I think that’s at least a part of why the great blue herons left a couple of years ago.

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  1. thejuicenut

    No pelicans here either, but a lone heron has been visiting lately and perching on the roofs opposite. I’d love to know where he/she comes from and what’s attracting it. I’m pretty sure there are no ponds in those gardens. These lovely birds have a whole life away from us, don’t they? Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos and poem.

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