Category Archives: Ocean Shore

Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats

Sitting in the rigging of a shrimp boat.

Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats
Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats

With their necks all twisted around, watching me, and one sound asleep you can’t help but smile they look so comical.

Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats
Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats

Everyone loves the Pelican.

Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats
Stowaways On The Shrimp Boats

Two Different Methods, Pelican

You will find the Pelican has a great love of the commercial fishing boats. It’s called free food, like a country buffet.

Some follow the rules, wait in the buffet line for their turn.

Two Different Methods, Pelican
Two Different Methods, Pelican

And then there is the ‘line jumper’

They hide and ambush others for the first spot in line when the food comes out.

Two Different Methods, Pelican
Two Different Methods, Pelican

A fishing boat is like the early bird special to a Pelican.

Fast Flight, Right Past Me

Timing was right for me. I had just switched to a better lens when this Pelican sped by me.

Fast Flight, Right Past Me
Fast Flight, Right Past Me
Fast Flight, Right Past Me
Fast Flight, Right Past Me

I am always impressed at how fast they can travel with minimal effort.

Fast Flight, Right Past Me
Fast Flight, Right Past Me

Above the bird dropped down a little closer to the surface and caught the thermals. From there it was a long steady glide out to the harbor.

Came In High, Unexpected Pelican

The Pelicans usually don’t come into the creeks here from the marsh side. Fishing boats and whole Atlantic Ocean are in the opposite direction.

Came In High, Unexpected Pelican
Came In High, Unexpected Pelican

I almost missed this bird, I finally got some shots when he was almost directly overhead.

Came In High, Unexpected Pelican
Came In High, Unexpected Pelican

Pelicans may be big but they make little noise. If you are not watching they will glide right by.

Came In High, Unexpected Pelican
Came In High, Unexpected Pelican

Which is what almost happened here.

 

Brown Pelican Near Shrimpers

No swamps and marshes for me, we are officially in ‘the tropics’.

The high temperature I saw today was 95 (36 C) which is more than I care to deal with.

Brown Pelican Near Shrimpers
Brown Pelican Near Shrimpers

Charleston has always been a commercial fishing hub. Now a tourist destination this is fading fast. But there are are still commercial piers.

Where you have fishing boats you have Pelican.

And Sea Food…