The crazy pelicans are at it again — teasing & taunting my dogs all day long! There’s a group of them that have been flying along the canal swooping madly into the water to feed on the fish. I really truly can’t believe I haven’t had to rescue anyone from falling in the freezing cold waters as of yet. I really hope I don’t end up in the canal either.
I remembered this totally amazing photograph taken by Art Holland Photography that we found on Pinterest a while back. Hope you enjoy it’s complete awesomeness — he’s very talented. I’m still fighting that awful pneumonia- so keep me in your thoughts please, friends.
Pelicans are a genus of large water birds comprising the family Pelecanidae. They are characterized by a long beak and large throat pouch used in catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents before swallowing. They have predominantly pale plumage, the exceptions being the Brown and Peruvian Pelicans. The bills, pouches and bare facial skin of all species become brightly colored before the breeding season.
The 8 living pelican species have a patchy global distribution ranging longitudinally from the tropics to the temperate zone, though they are absent from interior South America as well as from polar regions and the open ocean. Pelicans frequent inland and coastal waters where they feed principally on fish, catching them at or near the water surface.
Gregarious birds, they often hunt cooperatively and breed colonially. Four white-plumaged species tend to nest on the ground, and four brown or grey-plumaged species nest mainly in trees. The relationship between pelicans and people has often been contentious. The birds have been persecuted because of their perceived competition with commercial and recreational fishers. They have suffered from habitat destruction, disturbance and environmental pollution, and three species are of conservation concern.
Pelicans are certainly contentious, just ask my dogs! Here are some more beautiful Pelican photographs from our Coastal Photography board on Pinterest!
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