Working The Shallow Marsh

Working The Shallow Marsh

This is a magical scene we rarely get to witness, especially close up.

Working The Shallow Marsh
Working The Shallow Marsh

White Pelican are surface feeders, not divers. They also work as a unit if part of a flock. Above they have pulled close together and slowly swim forward, driving the fish ahead.

Working The Shallow Marsh
Working The Shallow Marsh

As the water gets more shallow the fish are trapped and feeding begins.

Working The Shallow Marsh
Working The Shallow Marsh

This marsh has become more of a watering hole. In the photographs above many other birds can be seen in the background. Wood Storks being the most obvious, but there are Egrets, Ibis, Gull and even smaller Avocet.

This time of year, if lucky, we can come across groups like this with hundreds of birds. The jack pot ? Thousands.

2 thoughts on “Working The Shallow Marsh”

  1. Great series showing this communal foraging behavior, Ted! I once happened upon a vast migration on a lake north of Orlando, Florida and literally DID see thousands – flying over and floating. It was uncanny.

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