Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican

Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican

Slow glide to steep crashing dive. A fully documented Brown Pelican hunt. The most I could compress this to was nine images.

The sequential photographs here may be the most detailed I have caught to date. I almost missed publishing these as they got lost in volume taken that day.

Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican
Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican

Above is where it started, the bird slowly gliding over Tarpon Bay (Florida).

Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican
Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican

As soon as a school of fish was spotted the Pelican turned and began to line up the dive.

Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican
Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican
Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican
Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican

Once a fish/school was selected it took less than a second to hit the target.

Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican
Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican
Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican
Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican

Finally a pin point dive, hitting the water.

Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican
Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican
Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican
Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican

The impact is loud and violent.

Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican
Anatomy Of A Dive, Brown Pelican

The bird went under and quickly came up flying off.

The amazing thing is the Pelican will repeat this head first crash over and over until the fish are gone.

There is a trick here to lessen the blow. The Pelican will always twist, turn and angle his head to the right. You can see it here, and all the other articles published on this site.

 

 

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