Category Archives: Pelican

Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck

Life in the swamps is not all pretty bird photographs. This Pelican was lost and it kept getting worse.

When he flew in there was obvious trouble. First, Pelicans do not come to this swamp. Not a place for a novice to float around in. Worse, it was apparent one of his legs was hurt.

Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck - click to enlarge
Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck – click to enlarge

For some reason the Pelican tried to land in one of the cypress trees. Bad idea. Great Blue Herons are closely guarding their nests. The Pelican found a flat spot to land, and a Great Blue stood up and drove him to the water.

Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck - click to enlarge
Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck – click to enlarge

Bloodied but actually lucky.

Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck - click to enlarge
Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck – click to enlarge

The Heron missed his eye and the Pelican swam off.

His last bit of luck was good though. And he probably didn’t know it. While swimming away from the Heron he caught the attention of an Alligator. Pelicans do not swim in the same water as Alligators so he was most likely unaware of it.

However, he took to the air heading out of the swamp (actually in the direction of the ocean) leaving the Alligator behind.

The first mishap of the spring and no disaster. That’s a good thing.

Black And White Pelican

I have not finished updating our Black and White site so most likely will continue to add the photographs here.

Black And White Pelican - click to enlarge
Black And White Pelican – click to enlarge

I always enjoy working with the Pelicans. It’s easy when they are swimming since they have a tendency to just float around. Can’t get easier than that.

 

A Brown Pelican

Prehistoric is the description I always hear from people when they see this bird up close, and it’s obvious why.

A Brown Pelican - click to enlarge
A Brown Pelican – click to enlarge
A Brown Pelican - click to enlarge
A Brown Pelican – click to enlarge

This group of photographs was taken near commercial fishing boats. This allows us to get closer than the Pelicans would normally allow.

Click any image to view the gallery.

It’s a free lunch around these shrimpers so the Pelicans and I take advantage of it.

A Brown Pelican - click to enlarge
A Brown Pelican – click to enlarge

Letting Dolphins Do The Work, Pelican

No more than 6 feet off shore was this clever Pelican. He let the Dolphins chase and confuse the fish, he reaped the rewards.

Letting Dolphins Do The Work, Pelican - click to enlarge
Letting Dolphins Do The Work, Pelican – click to enlarge

Above you can see the surf rolling towards me, actually now I wonder why he didn’t float to shore. Could he have been standing right there ?

Letting Dolphins Do The Work, Pelican - click to enlarge
Letting Dolphins Do The Work, Pelican – click to enlarge

A Hostile Takeover, Pelicans

The shrimp boat was tied up for the night, but I think these Pelicans wanted to make sure it didn’t go anywhere without them.

A Hostile Takeover, Pelicans - click to enlarge
A Hostile Takeover, Pelicans – click to enlarge

One great thing about these boats is almost everything is a bright, neon, color. Nets, floats, rigging, even the bait bins are vivid.

Makes for great images.