Doings on Lake Chapala–Return of the Pelicans and Other Matters

Well, big doings here in Chapala. The pelicans have returned. And in the spirit of a picture is worth a thousand words, maybe a video is worth even more?

Where do they come from? Where do they go? We’re not sure. Online sources say they fly into the U.S. and even up to Canada during the Spring and summer months.

As we recall, they departed Chapala in either April or May this year and re-appeared just recently.

These are stately birds. And they are HUGE. I certainly wouldn’t want to tangle with one. Thankfully that seem quiet and content and graceful.

Mostly they paddle around in flocks such as in the video above and sometimes they like to hang out, literally, on the many little boats that line the shore and shallows of Lake Chapala.

That’s them on the farther boat with one paddling by. Even though the pelicans are more distant, you can get a sense of their size in comparison to the heron perched on the motor of the nearby boat above.

It’s wonderful to have them back again.

On another note, the lake is filling, given the abundant rains of this year’s rainy season.

Note the shoreline in these photos from July:

Compared with a photo from this past week:

Quite a difference.

It’s one of the great pleasures of living here and taking an almost daily assessment of the shore. Not a study; nothing scientific. Just leisurely observation on daily strolls along the malecon.

We love it here; it’s our paradise.






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