Having fun explains it all.
I count at least four Dolphin this Pelican was trying to steal from.
A good guess is the Dolphin averaged about 450 pounds, and were 12 feet long. The Brown Pelican, maybe 7 pounds and 4.5 feet tall.
I will say the Pelican was careful and stayed away hoping a fish would squirt his way. They do, just not today.
Still it’s funny to watch him trot up close to the Dolphin.
This Pelican followed them a few feet out into the water too.
Bottlenose Dolphin and Brown Pelican.
Cat Island is a small barrier island, almost attached to the mainland. The island is a wildlife and land preserve that is only accessible by a small boat and can be visited by appointment only.
The island is 24,000 acres and sits on Winyah Bay, South Carolina.
The original idea was shoot Pelicans riding the wind at dawn.
That didn’t work out too well. We had a nice location and set up, the Pelicans gave no help at all.
We did get two days of wind and clouds at dawn. I’ll take it 😁.
‘The blue hour arrives shortly before sunrise and after sunset, when the sun’s position just below the horizon produces those cooler tones.’
The goal was to position ourselves for dawn to capture the Brown Pelicans riding the wind along the shore. Early light on the Atlantic is a bonus.
Litchfield Beach, South Carolina.
Barrier Island off Charleston, South Carolina.
Folly Island, Charleston, South Carolina.
This Dolphin hunt was the closest I was to the correct angle, the entire day. You really have no idea where they will strand fish until the water swirls just before the push. Educated guess work, which was not great that day.
On this push I did get a Dolphin with his prize so no complaints.
The Pelican had worse luck than I did 🤣 .
This day I may have seen up to nine different stranding’s, and caught five on camera.
Charleston, South Carolina.