A Little Late Fishing

Late this afternoon, just as we were leaving the marsh pond, this juvenile brown pelican showed up for some end of day fishing. Brown pelicans, unlike the white pelicans, are not very graceful birds. Their fishing technique basically consists of a crash into the water then a scoop up of whatever was hopefully trapped in that large throat pouch.

We saw this youngster snag a few fish before it headed off toward the beach for the evening. 

Brown Pelican Fishing in Marsh Pond

Brown Pelican Fishing in Marsh Pond

Brown Pelican Fishing in Marsh Pond

Brown Pelican Fishing in Marsh Pond

Brown Pelican Fishing in Marsh Pond

Brown Pelican Fishing in Marsh Pond

28 thoughts on “A Little Late Fishing

    • I see brown pelicans at all times of the year out over the ocean but occasionally they will come in a bit and fish at the marsh pond or in the salt marsh.
      They have to alter their fishing technique for the shallow water of the pond.

  1. Browns are amazing wave top flyers and I can watch them dive bomb fish all day. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one catch fish from low level. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one catch a fish in the manner you recorded.

    • I see brown pelicans at all times of the year out over the ocean but occasionally they will come in a bit and fish at the marsh pond or in the salt marsh.
      They have to alter their fishing technique for the shallow water of the pond. They can not do a vertical dive like they would in the ocean, they would break their necks trying that in the pond. 🙂
      There were American White Pelicans out in the marsh yesterday as well. Those fish entirely differently then the brown pelicans. The white ones never fly at all to fish, they simply swim along in the water and tilt their heads to the side and scoop fish as they go.

  2. Isolated like that, its flight and fishing technique may not be ‘graceful’, Phil, but beautiful and full of the magic of life. Wonderful captures – thanks for showing them to us. New Years greetings 🙂

    • I suppose they look a bit more graceful when seen like this, but in reality they hit the water like they were just tossed out of a moving vehicle. 🙂
      Thanks and I’m glad you enjoy seeing our portions of nature here.

  3. I do think this young guy looks graceful though in his own way – especially the first two photos. Love your description of how they fish! You did capture that!

  4. Now that is just a down right awesome set Phil!!!! What a site to see in real time. Thanks for all the great things you post for us to see!!!!
    Erv

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