Crashing Brown Pelican - click to enlarge

Crashing Brown Pelican

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.

Crashing Brown Pelican - click to enlarge
Crashing Brown Pelican – click to enlarge

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.

Crashing Brown Pelican - click to enlarge
Crashing Brown Pelican – click to enlarge

I always feel they should pull up a little right before the splash.

Crashing Brown Pelican - click to enlarge
Crashing Brown Pelican – click to enlarge

But just the opposite. Above you can see the Pelican stick his neck and head out into the crash. Ouch !

Crashing Brown Pelican - click to enlarge
Crashing Brown Pelican – click to enlarge

The water isn’t deep here either.

Crashing Brown Pelican - click to enlarge
Crashing Brown Pelican – click to enlarge
Crashing Brown Pelican - click to enlarge
Crashing Brown Pelican – click to enlarge

And finally above, the fish was getting away so the bird splashed and flapped a little more chasing him.

Crashing Brown Pelican - click to enlarge
Crashing Brown Pelican – click to enlarge

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.

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