The previous article (click here to view) mentions how these birds survive constant head first dives to catch prey. These photographs show the simple technique in action.
Above the Pelican starts a slow, and rather lazy for one, shallow dive.
Aiming for the fish the bird turns his body, and head slightly during the dive.
Just above you can see the head turn right before hitting the water.
Now you can see the force as the Pelican hits the surface.
Younger Pelicans practice this dive by doing small ‘crash landings’ over and over when learning to fly.
The photos here are not award winning quality but they do show another amazing rewarding scene we can catch as wildlife photographers.
So much better than sitting in an office.