Category Archives: Pelican

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.

 

 

Pelican Portraits

Prehistoric, yet elegant in the air. Nobody can resist a Pelican.

Pelican Portraits - click to enlarge
Pelican Portraits – click to enlarge
Pelican Portraits - click to enlarge
Pelican Portraits – click to enlarge

The birds with the darker head are juveniles.

Pelican Portraits - click to enlarge
Pelican Portraits – click to enlarge
Pelican Portraits - click to enlarge
Pelican Portraits – click to enlarge

All the photographs here were taken near commercial shrimp boats. It’s like a free lunch when the boats return from fishing.

These birds were more than happy to wait around, even with me staring at them with a camera.

Pelican Fishing A Little Close

One of the things that happens when Dolphins herd fish is everyone else benefits too. The Pelicans take advantage of this by diving in water that looks way too shallow.

Pelican Fishing A Little Close - click to enlarge
Pelican Fishing A Little Close – click to enlarge
Pelican Fishing A Little Close - click to enlarge
Pelican Fishing A Little Close – click to enlarge

This is a lot of bird, at high speed, going head first.

Pelican Fishing A Little Close - click to enlarge
Pelican Fishing A Little Close – click to enlarge

I didn’t see any get stuck in the sand so I guess they knew what they were doing.

 

Pelican Series

I can never pass up the opportunity when I can get action shots of Pelicans. Ungainly, and in the air amazingly graceful.

Pelican Series - click to enlarge
Pelican Series – click to enlarge

Recently we have moved some of our work out of the marshes to the lowcountry shore. Winter is almost here (as much as we get winter) so we go where the wildlife is.

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In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch

I’m fairly sure this is the first time seeing a ‘Pile Of Pelicans’ feeding…up close and personal for many people. Click the images to view details, fish and Pelicans in a pile.

In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch - click to enlarge
In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch – click to enlarge

Above I see at least one flounder and two other fish, in the middle of this.

In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch - click to enlarge
In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch – click to enlarge
In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch - click to enlarge
In The Middle Of A Pelican Lunch – click to enlarge

There were between 50 – 75 Brown Pelicans following the shrimp boats into the docks. As the nets and holding pens are emptied of the days catch scraps are cleaned and some pushed overboard. Standing by the back of the boats or low side piers places you right in the center of chaos.

With luck everything stays dry.

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Oh yeah, while they pushed, bit, and shoved, hardly a sound was made.