Thursday, March 1, 2018

White Pelicans at Play


It is great fun to watch these White Pelicans play. They group together and then corral a shoal of fish into a pelican "net" under water.  At that point, the butts of the Pelicans jut up into the sky and their beaks disappear into the water where the fish disappear into the pelican beaks.

It's probably not that much fun for the fish.  And you can see a couple of small ducks in the background, following along, trying to get in on some of the action.

The CDP theme for March is "Play." You can check out how other CDP participants translated the theme into a photo HERE.

14 comments:

Sharon Anck said...

Pelicans are such funny looking birds but when they are flying they look so graceful.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I was just amazed when we first saw that behavior -- fishing cooperatively. Who says they are 'bird-brains'!

RedPat said...

That is cooperation!

William Kendall said...

They're remarkable birds!

bill burke said...

Now that's working together for a common goal, fish!

Small City Scenes said...

Pelicans are so funny---saw some (first time) over on the Yakima River. I was so surprised. I have seen the brown ones at the Ocean but never white. I didn't know we had 'em here. Good idea for the theme
Yes buck has been romping with all the other dogs probably your Goldie too
MB

Petrea Burchard said...

This is a great picture! Now, can you get us a picture of pelican butts in the air?

Taken For Granted said...

About time for these pelicans to fly back to South Dakota for their summer here.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Linda formação.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

silvia de angelis said...

Meravigliosi volatili alla presa con l'acqua d'un vivace laghetto
Un saluto,silvia

Kate said...

Cooperative fishing; not a bad idea!!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I love watching pelicans play Lowell, peculiar creatures that they are 😀

magiceye said...

Beautifully captured!

Gunn said...

They have style!

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson