From Florida

From Florida

While I was on vacation in Clearwater Beach I walked to Pier 60 and had a wonderful place to observe and photograph, a variety of seabirds and such. I was very entertained by birds trying to catch fish near the shore. It’s really amazing to see how each of the different species of birds get to use a strategy  to accomplish their goals.

Schools of tiny fish were being rounded up by the largest birds, in this case by the pelicans. Once the mass of fish got too close to the shore they jumped out of the water, that’s when the bird’s frenzy started. It was quite a spectacle! 

Pelicans, seagulls, terns, crows, even grackles were part of the hunt! Later, I saw seagulls chasing terns that had recently caught a fish to forcibly take the fish from the real owner.

I felt I was being truly entertained by these bird’s behavior.

Photo Gallery

Brown Pelicans

Pelican’s fish roundup

Toward the beach

Feeding frenzy!

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

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