Our first walk of the day was at Oceanfront Park. Before walking, though, we watched the pelicans fishing. Today I took more pictures.
When we first walked to the waterfront, we thought this kayaker had caught a big fish. It turned out that his line was snagged. Eventually, the line broke.
The pelicans were having better luck. They fly over the water looking for fish and, when they spot one, they dive straight down.
You can tell when they catch one. They pause with their beak/bill still in the water. This must have been a big fish; they don’t usually have it in this far.
This is more like it. It must be a really big fish. Pelican is tipping over.
After holding the fish underwater for a moment, they throw their heads back and swallow. This one was a little tougher to swallow than most. It sure looks awkward. It does remind me of Ogden Nash, though.
A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
BUT I’M DAMNED IF I SEE HOW THE HELICAN!”
I’m not sure why the wings are partially up. I usually take that as a sign that the pelican is about to take off.
That was a big bite of fish. You can see it is still in the pouch.
I’ve never seen one with its head so far underwater while holding a fish.
This is how they normally look when they pause before the swallow.
I lost count of how many they caught. I don’t know how they could fly with all that fish in their bellies.
I seldom get a good picture of pelicans flying. This one isn’t going to win any photography awards but, it is the finest in my Bird Butt Collection.