Walking on Pier 60 at Clearwater Beach, my wife and I were looking out at the shoreline when we spotted these large birds flying and diving into the water. Upon further watching we noticed the birds were Brown Pelicans.
After leaving the pier, we took our cameras and headed to the shore of the beach to photograph these unique birds not found near us in Ohio. They were sitting in the water several hundred feet from the shore, all of a sudden you would see a bunch take flight into the air flying low to the water, circle around getting higher up before power diving into the water trying to get fish to eat.
Here is what Audubon says about the Brown Pelican:
“An unmistakable bird of coastal waters. Groups of Brown Pelicans fly low over the waves in single file, flapping and gliding in unison. Their feeding behavior is spectacular, as they plunge headlong into the water in pursuit of fish. The current abundance of this species in the United States represents a success story for conservationists, who succeeded in halting the use of DDT and other persistenpesticides here; as recently as the early 1970s, the Brown Pelican was seriously endangered.”
If you have ever witnessed the activity of the Brown Pelican, please leave me a comment in the below section.
Loved these guys when we were at pier 60 at Clearwater beach. The weather was brutally cold and very windy during our stay so we were not able to view the birds flying or diving.
We did get some nice close ups.