Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

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Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby grizz18 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:57 pm

Went fishing yesterday and saw these guys, from a distance we thought they were swans sitting in the water. Swans would have been a very rare sight, but we've seen them here before.

These white pelicans however.... None of us have ever seen.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby Indaswamp » Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:59 pm

they are everywhere here. they migrate south from up north, but a few hang around down here all year long.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby Bill Herian » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:03 pm

Hundreds of them on lake Winnebago here in WI. We have a system, I tear the gills out of the sheepshead and toss them over, they gobble them up.

Figure they fly south during the winter.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby Botiz630 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:04 pm

I don't think I knew they had black wing tips. Thanks for the pic Grizz, learn something new everyday.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby Indaswamp » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:05 pm

Bill Herian wrote:Hundreds of them on lake Winnebago here in WI. We have a system, I tear the gills out of the sheepshead and toss them over, they gobble them up.

Figure they fly south during the winter.


we have to be very careful when laying fish out for a picture or they will steal fish off the dock!
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby tmclaimerFL » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:06 pm

We got white pelicans down here as well. I used to see several of them gather up on the reservoir I hunted in N. FL.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby Rick Hall » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:08 pm

They're dirt common here, and it still tickles me to watch such big birds fly so gracefully.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby Indaswamp » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:10 pm

Rick Hall wrote:They're dirt common here, and it still tickles me to watch such big birds fly so gracefully.

I think brown pelicans are more majestic though.... :thumbsup:
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby grizz18 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:11 pm

Wow, I've never seen them. We have the regulars by the thousands, first time ever seeing the white ones around here though.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby jaysweet3 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:16 pm

Big snow geese. I've seen them up in Saskatchewan. A group checked out the snow spread three or so years ago.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby Bill Herian » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:17 pm

Indaswamp wrote:
Bill Herian wrote:Hundreds of them on lake Winnebago here in WI. We have a system, I tear the gills out of the sheepshead and toss them over, they gobble them up.

Figure they fly south during the winter.


we have to be very careful when laying fish out for a picture or they will steal fish off the dock!


I've never seen them in any of the harbors on lake michigan, which is only 60 miles from Winnebago. Seagulls don't even bother us too much when cleaning fish. The only bandits we have to deal with are mallards.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby Indaswamp » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:18 pm

grizz18 wrote:Wow, I've never seen them. We have the regulars by the thousands, first time ever seeing the white ones around here though.

regulars? what other color is there besides white and brown pelicans?
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby tmclaimerFL » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:19 pm

Indaswamp wrote:
Rick Hall wrote:They're dirt common here, and it still tickles me to watch such big birds fly so gracefully.

I think brown pelicans are more majestic though.... :thumbsup:

I remember one time fishing in Gulf Shores, AL and as we were trolling a brownie swooped down and picked up a line. It was like flying a kite as we reeled him to the boat. Got him unhooked and he flew off.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby Indaswamp » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:20 pm

Bill Herian wrote:
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Bill Herian wrote:Hundreds of them on lake Winnebago here in WI. We have a system, I tear the gills out of the sheepshead and toss them over, they gobble them up.

Figure they fly south during the winter.


we have to be very careful when laying fish out for a picture or they will steal fish off the dock!


I've never seen them in any of the harbors on lake michigan, which is only 60 miles from Winnebago. Seagulls don't even bother us too much when cleaning fish. The only bandits we have to deal with are mallards.

It's a good thing the fish cleaning table has a cover or you would get schit on by all the gulls. I toss the egg sacks from the speckled trout into the air and watch them fight trying to catch it mid flight. the pelicans dive for the rib cages......
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby Indaswamp » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:22 pm

tmclaimerFL wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:
Rick Hall wrote:They're dirt common here, and it still tickles me to watch such big birds fly so gracefully.

I think brown pelicans are more majestic though.... :thumbsup:

I remember one time fishing in Gulf Shores, AL and as we were trolling a brownie swooped down and picked up a line. It was like flying a kite as we reeled him to the boat. Got him unhooked and he flew off.

I've had that happen a time or two while fishing Wine Island out of cocodrie....it's a bird sanctuary and it's covered with pelicans in the summer. You do not want to be down wind of that island in the mid louisiana summer heat! :no: stench will about knock you out of the boat! :lol3:
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby grizz18 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:30 pm

Indaswamp wrote:
grizz18 wrote:Wow, I've never seen them. We have the regulars by the thousands, first time ever seeing the white ones around here though.

regulars? what other color is there besides white and brown pelicans?


Yea the brown pelicans. They're everywhere here. Always at all the fishing cleaning stations. I've see one take a 6lb flounder carcass down in one gulp! Pretty insane
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby bighop » Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:55 pm

grizz18 wrote:Went fishing yesterday and saw these guys, from a distance we thought they were swans sitting in the water. Swans would have been a very rare sight, but we've seen them here before.

These white pelicans however.... None of us have ever seen.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby Willie » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:28 am

Don't feel bad, Grizz...I've not seen them many times either.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:33 am

See them all the time.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby MODuckkiller » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:45 am

Indaswamp wrote:they are everywhere here. they migrate south from up north, but a few hang around down here all year long.

LSU Lakes get lousy with them at some point during the year.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby Papachessie » Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:30 pm

WoodyWhiffingMG wrote:See them all the time.

Where do you see 'em at? I've only seen them around here on Muskegon Lk.. Those were the first I'd ever seen around this area. Probably 5 years ago. I've seen a couple since then somewhere close to here but can't remember where it was.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby assateague » Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:36 pm

grizz18 wrote:Wow, I've never seen them. We have the regulars by the thousands, first time ever seeing the white ones around here though.



You obviously don't watch enough Disney movies, or eat enough Vlasic pickles.
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby Papachessie » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:18 pm

assateague wrote:
grizz18 wrote:Wow, I've never seen them. We have the regulars by the thousands, first time ever seeing the white ones around here though.



You obviously don't watch enough Disney movies, or eat enough Vlasic pickles.

That's a stork. :no:
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby assateague » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:30 pm

Sure it's not an albino pelican?
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Re: Any of you other coastal guys seen these?!

Postby grizz18 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:37 pm

assateague wrote:Sure it's not an albino pelican?


Did I tell you my boat "breaking down" earlier this fall? I'm sure you can read between the lines and know the real issue.
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