Writer’s Block: Precision Pelican

first_img RelatedPELICANS IN PERILResponse team again rescues dozens of birds from highway By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Another cold front hit the area this week, bringing with it potentially life threatening conditions for the Laguna Madre’s brown pelican populations. But, unlike the winter of 2016, where over 70 of the birds…January 19, 2018In “News”Writer’s Block: Buzzed By A BuzzardBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] The morning sun was shining bright, and what clouds hung in the sky were fluffy and white — a happy morning scene as I drove along the blacktop on my way to work. Suddenly, a dark shape careened into my field of vision…August 31, 2018In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Chaotic SerenityBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] As so often happens, I found myself taking several moments to pause as I went about my way this week. Moments of quietude where my attention was diverted from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and redirected towards the goings on…October 12, 2018In “Editor’s Column” Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] week, I wrote about the aerobatic accomplishments of a certain turkey vulture that I saw swooping low over the ground in its quest for tasty tidbits of the less-than-living variety. But, what I didn’t get to mention is that that turkey vulture wasn’t the only avian acrobat I saw that day.Later on that drive, as I really got into the thick of town, I saw another airborne creature navigating the obstacles up high as I made my way through the tangle of vehicles and traffic lights below. It was one of our native brown pelicans — that beloved big-billed bird that went from the brink of extinction (locally, anyway), to becoming one of the most iconic — and prolific — sights along the Laguna Madre.The local topography around Port Isabel and South Padre Island can be somewhat deceptive when it comes to observing the flight of pelicans. They tend to like flying close to things — close to the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway, close to the crashing waves just off the beach, close to the calm waters of the bay.When you see them flying close to these landmarks, it’s usually from a similar perspective. Birds flying out over the sandbars are seen from the vantage point of the sand. Pelicans seen skimming just above the water’s surface on the bay are similarly seen from shore, or perhaps a bay boat. A pod gliding near the railing on the Causeway is seen from the inside of a car that is driving along the bridge.In each of these sightings, it appears as if the pelican is a rather terrestrial bird. It flies low, close to people and the places we inhabit. And it kind of makes sense when you consider how clumsy their flight can seem. Takeoffs are slow and laborious. There’s lots of flapping of wings for the short amount of altitude gained as a result. Like the raptor of last week’s column, pelicans are more adept at soaring on wind currents than they are at slicing through the air with any sort of finesse — unless, of course, they’re tucking in their wings for a laser-accurate dart into the water to catch some fish.But, that doesn’t mean they’re without aerial skill. Those pelicans flying alongside the Causeway, for instance, are soaring some 80-90 feet above the water. That’s about the height of a 7-story building!And there’s another local spot where pelicans can sometimes be seen, where their languid flight looks deceptively simple. Along Queen Isabella Boulevard in Port Isabel, right around the spot where a bait shop sits on one corner, and a restaurant sits on another, a channel cuts through the heart of the city.Pelicans like to hang out in the water there, but sometimes like to see what lies on the other side of the road, and so they take to the air to fly over traffic, wending their way through the web of power lines that hang high above.It was here that I saw a whimsical, magical sight. Just east of the bait shop, a pelican was preparing to slip between the power lines. I watched as it alternated between flapping its wings to gain height, and tucking them in close for fractions of seconds to lose altitude, before finding the Goldilocks spot where it passed safely through, with electrified wires both above and below. It had threaded the needle, and marvelously so!Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

Cards maintain hold on decent bowl projections

first_imgA loss to Florida State didn’t do much to darken the University of Louisville’s bowl forecast.The Cardinals (6-3) are still in line to play a major conference opponent and do so after Christmas, according to Week 10 bowl projections from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach, CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm as well as SBNation.com’s Jason Kirk.Other area teams – Kentucky (5-4), Western Kentucky (3-5) and Indiana (3-5) – face an uphill climb to six victories and postseason eligibility. Week 10 Bowl Projections Louisville ESPN’s McMurphy: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. LSUESPN’s Schlabach: Sun Bowl vs. WashingtonCBS’ Palm: Sun Bowl vs. UtahSBNation.com’s Kirk: Belk Bowl vs. GeorgiaWeek 11 Look Ahead: Prepping for Louisville-BC football Kentucky ESPN’s McMurphy: Not listedESPN’s Schlabach: Music City Bowl vs. North CarolinaCBS’ Palm: Not listedSBNation.com’s Kirk: Not listed Western Kentucky ESPN’s McMurphy: Not listedESPN’s Schlabach: Not listedCBS’ Palm: Not listedSBNation.com’s Kirk: Hawaii Bowl vs. Stanford Indiana ESPN’s McMurphy: Not listedESPN’s Schlabach: Not listedCBS’ Palm: Not listedSBNation.com’s Kirk: Not listedlast_img read more

Agogo left out of Zamalek squad

first_imgGhanaian Junior Agogo has been left out of Zamalek’s squad for the Egyptian Premier League game against Ittihad on Saturday.The Cairo giants did not disclose the reason behind the Ghanaian striker’s sudden omission.Agogo took part in Ghana’s 2-2 draw with Egypt in Wednesday’s friendly game.The 30-year-old has had run-ins with the Zamalek management and his exclusion is likely to push him out.Mahmoud Abdul-Razek ‘Shikabala’ was also overlooked following his bust-up with Zamalek fans during the stunning 1-0 defeat to Ghazl Mahalla earlier this month.Stand-in keeper Mohamed Abdul-Monsef was excluded as Emad Al-Sayed is set to serve as Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed’s backup. Zamalek will be looking to secure a much-needed win over Ittihad to allay fears over the unthinkable possibility of them being relegated to the second division.They lie seventh in the 16-team league table on 21 points, just four above the relegation zone.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more

Nationals Minor League Report 6-6

first_imgAAA-Syracuse  (27-29)  7  at  Charlotte  0Moises Sierra   2-4, HR, 3 RBIJose Marmolejos   3-5, run, RBIIrving Falu  1-4, 2 runs, HR, 2 RBIAustin Voth  W, 7 IP, 4 H, 6 KAA-Binghamton  4  at  Harrisburg  (28-28)  0Dan Gamache   3-4High A-Frederick  1  at  Potomac  (29-25)  6Blake Perkins  1-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIIan Sagdal   2-4, 2 RBIAlec Keller   3-4, runMatthew Crownover   W, 6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 KLow A-Lakewood  5  at  Hagerstown  (20-36)  2    Game   1Nick Banks  2-3, RBILow A-Lakewood  1  at  Hagerstown  (21-36)  2   Game  2Alejandro Flores   1-3, HR, 2 RBILuis Garcia   2-3Paul Pannacione    2-3Nick Raquet  W, CG, 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 3 KPlease follow and like us:last_img