The Magnificent Pelicans

     Pelicans are one of my favorite birds. Brown Pelicans are in Texas year around. It is fascinating to watch them fly high over the water looking for fish near the surface. As soon as they spot the fish, they dive bill first into the water. Then the pelican drains the water from its pouch and will toss its head back so it can swallow the fish he caught. Sometimes, you will see a seagull follow close behind and land on the pelicans head hoping to get the fish from it. So far I haven't seen the seagulls have any luck but they keep on trying. :)

You also will see them at boat ramps and fishing piers 
waiting for the local fisherman to throw their unwanted fish back into the water.

      The White Pelicans are only here during the winter months. Although I like both the brown pelicans and the white pelicans equally .... I get excited when I start seeing the white pelicans arrive as I know they will be gone in a few short months until next winter.


White pelicans don't dive for their food 
like brown pelicans do. 
They dip their bills below the water to scare the fish 
or pound their wings against the water 
to chase the fish towards them
and then scoop them 
 into their bills. 

Happy Fishing!


  1. Pelicans are one of my favorite birds too! Nice story! I especially love the close up shot of the brown pelican..He looks like he is in siesta mode :-)

  2. I too, love pelicans.
    I think they are such regal-looking birds, and I just LOVE those beaks!

  3. I love watching these birds fly. They look like a fighter squadron up there in the skies.

  4. Such beautiful pictures! I agree with Lisa - that close up is really nice.


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