Pelican Rescue

Last week I saw an injured Pelican sitting on the bank in the cold and I thought maybe someone could help this bird. So I made a call to the DNR who gave me a number to call. It was Deb Curry, who made arrangements to pick up the bird if I could catch it. The bird couldn’t fly away and even though they are fast swimmers, it was no match for my trolling motor. Up and down river we went. I got it in the net once but it got away. Finally I got it in the net again and grabbed it’s bill so it couldn’t escape. I put it in my large cooler. People from the Dixon Park District came and picked the bird up and drove it all the way to a small town near the Wisconsin border to Hoo Haven who rehabilitates injured birds and wild animals.

I was curious as to how the bird was doing, there was a connection now that I captured it. Then I saw it in the local paper, who a fisherman found an injured Pelican. I called and asked how the bird was doing and I guess it hit power lines and the juice ran through it’s body and out one foot which was injured. They expect it to make a full recovery, so that’s good news.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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