Paddling Pelicans - click to enlarge

Paddling Pelicans

Taken on a day the Pelicans decided to cooperate. That’s a stretch maybe, but they didn’t make an extra effort to scramble away every time they saw me. That in itself is special.

Paddling Pelicans - click to enlarge
Paddling Pelicans – click to enlarge

They continuously dipped their bills under water so food of some type was here. The edge of the reeds would be a good spot for schools of small fish to hide in.

Paddling Pelicans - click to enlarge
Paddling Pelicans – click to enlarge

Whatever was there must have been small, but plentiful. The entire group was busy.

Paddling Pelicans - click to enlarge
Paddling Pelicans – click to enlarge

If you enlarge the above images you will notice each Pelican bill has small holes and dents. I don’t see this on Brown Pelicans.

White Pelicans hunt by swimming with their large bills underwater. A Brown Pelican will dive from up above and crash head first (very hard). Based on that I would have thought the Brown Pelican would be the one all beat to xxx.

Just one more mystery.

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