Category Archives: Shore Bird

Daydreaming Pelican

I was waiting for this Brown Pelican to take off, we were floating close to shore.

Daydreaming Pelican
Daydreaming Pelican

You can see he is just standing on the spit of land, the surf  lapping at his feet.

However, nothing.

Daydreaming Pelican
Daydreaming Pelican

So what was he doing…

Daydreaming Pelican
Daydreaming Pelican

Just letting his feet get wet.

A pretty bird, made a great photo, but some action ?

Not happening. Again proves you never know what you might find out there 😂.

Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White

A few B&W fun shots.

These are best viewed large since things are happening everywhere… shrimp flying through the air, big Pelican bills poked inside other big Pelican bills, even a poor guy losing his hard fought fish.

Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White
Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White

In the above it took a while to figure out how a Pelican bill got inside another one !

Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White
Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White
Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White
Fun Pelican Chaos, Black And White

Fish and shrimp were flying around in the last one.

You just never know what you might see out there.

Brown Pelican Are One Of Only Two Pelicans That Dive For Food

This Pelican was a little overly dramatic in his landing, but so cool to see them work.

Below he was making a nice slow touch down.

Brown Pelican Are One Of Two That Dive For Food
Brown Pelican Are One Of Two That Dive For Food

However, he turned it into a small practice dive. They do this practice often too. Brown Pelicans dive from up high to catch prey.

If you have not seen a Pelican work, it’s amazing. Click here to see another article / photos I previously published.

Brown Pelican Are One Of Two That Dive For Food
Brown Pelican Are One Of Two That Dive For Food

At the last minute he turned a little to the left. They always turn left when diving. Why ?

(Wikipedia) Air sacs beneath the skin on their breasts act like cushions. Also, while diving, a pelican rotates its body ever so slightly to the left. This rotation helps avoid injury to the esophagus and trachea, which are located on the right side of the bird’s neck.

Brown Pelican Are One Of Two That Dive For Food
Brown Pelican Are One Of Two That Dive For Food

The Peruvian Pelican will dive also, all other Pelicans fish by working the waters surface with their large bills.

Charleston, South Carolina.