And now for something completely different: Brown Pelican close up.
The Brown Pelican is a comically elegant bird with an oversized bill, sinuous neck, and big, dark body. Squadrons glide above the surf along southern and western coasts, rising and falling in a graceful echo of the waves. They feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up. They are fairly common today—an excellent example of a species’ recovery from pesticide pollution that once placed them at the brink of extinction.
I finished the last of my February Florida bird albums and posted to Flickr yesterday: Robbie’s Islamorada.
Lunch right there at the Hungry Tarpon Restaurant was very good. I sat at the bar, with views over the dock and water, and had the ahi tuna tacos (as recommended by the bartender) and a salted-rim margarita. Every February should include a couple of hours like that.
by Dixon Lanier Merritt
A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week.
But I’m damned if I see how the helican.