Brown Pelicans are the only member of the Pelican family that actually dive for their catch. And by dive I mean from way up high. No soft landings either.
This series shows a Pelican, crash fishing, in a marsh inlet at low tide. To add a little more drama the background above is oyster beds. Sharp oyster shells, thousands of them.
I always feel they should pull up a little right before the splash.
But just the opposite. Above you can see the Pelican stick his neck and head out into the crash. Ouch !
The water isn’t deep here either.
And finally above, the fish was getting away so the bird splashed and flapped a little more chasing him.
Just as sudden as the dive, it’s all over. The Pelican catches his breath, bill a little full.
In a minute or two he flies back up, looking to do it all over again.
It’s really a spectacular show.