Fishing, Brown Pelican Style

Fishing, Brown Pelican Style

Brown Pelican are shore birds, but when the tide is right they will move into deeper salt marshes.

Unlike their white relatives these guys dive from above to catch fish. In the ocean it’s from high up. Salt marshes they can work closer to the water… less wear and tear on the head !

Fishing, Brown Pelican Style
Fishing, Brown Pelican Style

Above I caught a younger bird just as he spotted a fish below.

Fishing, Brown Pelican Style
Fishing, Brown Pelican Style

Then it’s lock eyes on the prey…

Fishing, Brown Pelican Style
Fishing, Brown Pelican Style

grab it head first.

Brown Pelican have a trick, and adaptation, to avoid a broken ‘head’. Their throat is slightly off center and they always turn their head to the right last minute.

 

6 thoughts on “Fishing, Brown Pelican Style”

  1. Great series of shots Ted, I just love watching these guys fish. Amazing how they dive like this. I have not gotten a good series of them yet where I am at. They are always so far out. We found a spot we are going to tomorrow evening where they might be a little closer.

    1. Thanks πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ. I love to see them fishing, and yes hard to find spots to catch the action. Living right here I’m lucky to have extra opportunities.

      In Florida a great place to shoot them is the Ft Meyers to Sanibel bridge, Sanibel side. When the tides moving groups will fish right near the shore.

    2. Yes, we were at Sanibel last winter, we have moved over by Mobile Al now, there are plenty of them and we found a place they like to hang out over at a small town called Bayou Labtre.

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