I guess Pelicans can read. Why else would he sit up there with a flag.
Sitting in the rigging of a shrimp boat.
With their necks all twisted around, watching me, and one sound asleep you can’t help but smile they look so comical.
Everyone loves the Pelican.
Timing was right for me. I had just switched to a better lens when this Pelican sped by me.
I am always impressed at how fast they can travel with minimal effort.
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.
Pelicans take over the masts and rigging of the shrimpers when they are in dock.
This one seems to think he owns the boat.
When I shot these I knew the entire set would either have interesting sunlight or be boring black. The sun streaks through the overhead tree canopy and makes some nice effects.
The sun didn’t disappoint. You can see the different shades and colors of this swamp in the sun. Cypress and Tupelo trees leach tannin into the water making an almost oil sheen at times
I had come here because this area is where the Barred Owls nest and raise young. The swamp has plenty of Crawfish.
The Owls were gone but any swamp with food should have some hunter looking around.
This time it was a single White Ibis.
He did manage to catch a Crawfish. That image fell into the boring black category of course.
I don’t like head on shots of birds, there’s little to see.
However, this Skimmer came at me, and the shore, very fast.
They turn with no effort, good thing it would have hurt.
This series is a good example of just how Black Skimmers fish. I don’t know of any other bird like them.
If there are fish around these Skimmers are fearless. They can be for good reason. I don’t know how they dodge around obstacles, even huge Wood Storks, and continue to twist and turn.
Above the Skimmer was moving like a rocket, his beak lightly touching the surface.
Click any image for a full screen view, it’s very cool.