It’s time to establish a pecking order.

It’s time to establish a pecking order.

I’ve been out of commission for the past 1-1/2 months, the last blog I wrote was on the 20th of March; it was spotty prior to that date. I have medical stuff going on; for the past 10 years. They catch up to me a few times a year normally starting with a visit to the E.R which this episode did.

I was able to take pictures for a bit after I re-hab’ed for a few days; I took several good ones. I spent one morning watching the cormorants battle over the Pylon on the old dock near me. I have a tendency to pay little attention to them as there are so many zipping around the slough. However for a few days prior to my taking this picture they had been harassing one another; I took advantage of it and took this sequence.

They weren’t messing around that morning but I didn’t see acts of real aggressive behavior; perhaps it’s all for intimidation purposes. The bird on the left has been the aggressor, I pick it up in the viewfinder 25 feet before he attacks. I’m sure the females are watching from a safe distance.

The challenger prevailed knocking the claimant cleanly off of the flat top. The bird on the right, the combatant who was run off, is noticeably smaller than the aggressor. It kind of tells me he may be a young male who’s suffering from illusions of grandeur.

The contact was brutal as evidenced when the percher was forced off the aggressor nearly fell off of the pylon. It happens more than I like to admit when a critter hits a fence, misses a perch or makes an attempt to land on another birds head. The Cormorants are more active than usual during the mating season which is now, forcing them to compete for mates. Next will be the seagulls, Mallards and Doves; all vicious competitors.

The Pelicans, Canadians and Mudhens are on their eggs now; all of their nests are within 50 feet of one another.

The Pelican and Canadian are quarding their nests, next to one another. I managed to take several images of them together but none were detailed enough to be acceptable for posting. In fact the two above are borderline, the distance is the culprit in this situation. None the less this is the stretch of water they are protecting, however I have not seen them get into even a minor tiff. That’s a bit odd for me to accept as the Pelican will raid the Gooses eggs but the Canadian will not rob the Pelicans roost. It seems the Canadian would want the larger Pelican out of Dodge; apparently he’s alright with it, who am I to argue about that?

Jacques Lebec Natural Self Reliance

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