Brown Pelican Are One Of Two That Dive For Food

Brown Pelican Are One Of Only Two Pelicans That Dive For Food

This Pelican was a little overly dramatic in his landing, but so cool to see them work.

Below he was making a nice slow touch down.

Brown Pelican Are One Of Two That Dive For Food
Brown Pelican Are One Of Two That Dive For Food

However, he turned it into a small practice dive. They do this practice often too. Brown Pelicans dive from up high to catch prey.

If you have not seen a Pelican work, it’s amazing. Click here to see another article / photos I previously published.

Brown Pelican Are One Of Two That Dive For Food
Brown Pelican Are One Of Two That Dive For Food

At the last minute he turned a little to the left. They always turn left when diving. Why ?

(Wikipedia) Air sacs beneath the skin on their breasts act like cushions. Also, while diving, a pelican rotates its body ever so slightly to the left. This rotation helps avoid injury to the esophagus and trachea, which are located on the right side of the bird’s neck.

Brown Pelican Are One Of Two That Dive For Food
Brown Pelican Are One Of Two That Dive For Food

The Peruvian Pelican will dive also, all other Pelicans fish by working the waters surface with their large bills.

Charleston, South Carolina.

 

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