Category Archives: Pelican

They Seem To Like It Here, White Pelican

Since it’s summer weather here, and these Pelican are just hanging around, we have ‘young’ year rounders.

They Seem To Like It Here, White Pelican
They Seem To Like It Here, White Pelican

I haven’t seen any with the breeding bump on their beak so an assumption is these are not yet breeding age.

They Seem To Like It Here, White Pelican
They Seem To Like It Here, White Pelican

If you don’t feel ‘the need to breed’ why make that long trip?

They Seem To Like It Here, White Pelican
They Seem To Like It Here, White Pelican

Maybe it’s like hanging out at the beach in the sun for a year.

 

Can’t Imagine What He Caught, Pelican

White Pelicans feed by scooping up anything nearby, water, mud, and ‘stuff’. They prefer fish, but I don’t think they are all that picky.

Can’t Imagine What He Caught, Pelican
Can’t Imagine What He Caught, Pelican

Problem is… figuring out what to keep.

Can’t Imagine What He Caught, Pelican
Can’t Imagine What He Caught, Pelican

I think they just ‘swish’ it around a bit to find out.

White Pelicans on the edge of a marsh.

The Rules Have Changed, Pelican

This morning I had to search and read up on the habitat range of the White Pelican. They winter here. As I type this on my back porch the thermometer reads 112 (f) degrees. Yes, it’s in the sun, fine knock off a few points and it’s still hot!

This photograph was shot two days ago, three adults. While not breeding age, adults nonetheless.

The Rules Have Changed, Pelican
The Rules Have Changed, Pelican

I had been told by the WMA rangers White Pelicans were staying year round in the far marshes. Technically these three, and friends, should at least be in Idaho. More northern transplants, it’s not just New Yorkers.

There are other small flocks seen now. My theory in the lowered water levels pushed them out to the edges of the WMA, like where I shot these.

Still, this shows there is another species moving into the ACE Basin full time.

I’m good with that LOL.

Pelicans Fishing

A few random shots taken while catching Pelican fishing. Besides being constant action if the tide and schools of fish cooperate is the ‘others’ who are working the water also.

Below a Dolphin is also hunting on the left side of the image, a Laughing Gull hovering on the right.

Pelicans Fishing
Pelicans Fishing

Brown Pelican dive head first, always at the same angle to minimize the pressure when they hit the water.

Pelicans Fishing
Pelicans Fishing

Below, if you look carefully, you will see a Cormorant floating in the background.

Pelicans Fishing
Pelicans Fishing

No matter how much you practice most of the photographs taken are a miss. Shooting this is frustrating, and great fun.

One Of The Great All Time Shows, Brown Pelicans

Any time we spot even a single Brown Pelican going into a dive it’s an immediate search for a place to catch the action.

They are only one of two Pelicans in the world that dive from above to catch fish. How high they may be doesn’t matter. See fish…dive.

One Of The Great All Time Shows, Brown Pelicans
One Of The Great All Time Shows, Brown Pelicans

It also doesn’t matter if there is a Cormorant, or Dolphin already there.

One Of The Great All Time Shows, Brown Pelicans
One Of The Great All Time Shows, Brown Pelicans
One Of The Great All Time Shows, Brown Pelicans
One Of The Great All Time Shows, Brown Pelicans

A slight twist of the neck before impact protects them from getting hurt.

One Of The Great All Time Shows, Brown Pelicans
One Of The Great All Time Shows, Brown Pelicans

Head first is the path, right on top of the fish. Sometimes several hit the water at the same time. Which of course is even better for me.

One Of The Great All Time Shows, Brown Pelicans
One Of The Great All Time Shows, Brown Pelicans

Oh yeah, it’s a very loud splash.

Race To The Fish, Laughing Gulls And Pelican

This just might be a new favorite.

The tide was moving, fish were schooling, and all the locals were looking for the last meal of the day.

Race To The Fish, Laughing Gulls And Pelican
Race To The Fish, Laughing Gulls And Pelican

Two Gulls and a Brown Pelican were gliding and hovering above the water. They could not have gotten any closer to each other without a crash.

The bird who managed a catch would be fighting the other two to keep it.

Coastal Florida.

Wow – He Ate It, Brown Pelican

I love Pelicans, always have since I was little. Given a chance to photograph one paddling over nearby was not going to be missed.

Wow - He Ate It, Brown Pelican
Wow – He Ate It, Brown Pelican

Next he surprised me. He came over to dig down into the bottom. You can see some type of old barnacle covered structure next to us.

Wow - He Ate It, Brown Pelican
Wow – He Ate It, Brown Pelican
Wow - He Ate It, Brown Pelican
Wow – He Ate It, Brown Pelican

Above he raised his head… and had a ‘mouthful’ of stuff. Barnacles, oysters, who knows.

Wow - He Ate It, Brown Pelican
Wow – He Ate It, Brown Pelican
Wow - He Ate It, Brown Pelican
Wow – He Ate It, Brown Pelican

Whatever he grabbed was filling up that pouch.

Wow - He Ate It, Brown Pelican
Wow – He Ate It, Brown Pelican

He worked it, then it was gone. Watched me the whole time too.

Always fun doing this 😁.