Left Behind…

This past weekend we saw a pelican come up with a huge fish in the salt marsh. The pelican struggled with the fish for a while but something didn’t look right to us, and apparently not to the pelican either.

The fish was barely moving, so it was likely close to dead, and the bird must have concluded something was wrong so it was best to not eat it. The pelican dropped the fish back into the water, where it kind of slowly just floated away, and the pelican took off to try to find another bigΒ dinner elsewhere.

Pelican with Big Fish

Pelican with Big Fish

Pelican with Big Fish

Pelican with Big Fish

22 thoughts on “Left Behind…

  1. They are so smart, beautiful shots, I love pelicans, they are great…Your photography is giving me ideas of moving back to Florida…”not kidding”, I miss the great wildlife they had there….and especially the pelicans…and, the weather!!!!….Thanks Phil, your pictures are great encouragement and motivation for my photography…

    • I can clearly remember the day quite a few years ago when we lived up north and I was standing in my driveway shoveling snow (again) and I said to my neighbor “I have had it, I’m moving south.” The wildlife is just a bonus. πŸ™‚

    • It’s funny though how some birds have higher standards than others. Some won’t go near a dead or dying fish, and others will gobble it down without a second thought. This holds true even among the same species. It would not surprise me if a different pelican came in and found and ate the same fish later.

  2. Whoa! That is quite a capture! I bet Mr. Pelican could sense there was something wrong with his dinner prospect. What an interesting shot. πŸ™‚

    • Some birds like pelicans, herons, and egrets will immediately drop any fish they don’t feel right about, while other times they will carry it around and think about it for a while. Sometimes we get birds that will gulp down anything they find without a second thought. Funny.

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