by Camellia July. 20, 2019 249 views

Standing on the pier in Naples and watching the pelicans dive for their food is fascinating.

Pelicans are very well taken care of in Florida and their population has increased since the use of DDT was banned in 1972. There are three types of pelicans in America all known under the name of brown pelican. But only two of these species dive into the waters for their food.

The brown pelican mainly feeds on fish, but occasionally eats amphibians, crustaceans, and the eggs and nestlings of birds. It nests in colonies in secluded areas, often on islands, vegetated land among sand dunes, thickets of shrubs and trees.

Females lay two or three oval, chalky white eggs. Incubation takes 28 to 30 days with both sexes sharing duties. The newly hatched chicks are pink, turning gray or black within 4 to 14 days. About 63 days are needed for chicks to fledge. Six to 9 weeks after hatching, the juveniles leave the nest, and gather into small groups known as pods.

On this particular day, there were several pelicans flying around on the pier, all diving in and grabbing fish. I can honestly say they were much more successful in catching their meal in comparison to the fishermen who wee standing around with several fishing poles and coming up empty handed. (source)

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Heike 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Fantastic pics! How long have you spend there taking photos? I think, I would have spend the whole day with watching and shooting them.

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Lisa Britton 1 month ago

Awesome shots

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Jay Boggess 1 month ago

Great series of this amazing creature! 
Pelicans rule!!!
Wonderful stop-action shots!

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Camellia Replied to Jay Boggess 1 month ago

Thank you Jay...more to come smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia 1 month ago

Good deal!!!

ps...thanks for "liking" my fireworks images!

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Russell Smith 1 month ago

For their size they are quite graceful . I love watching them but if I am in the water and I see them start feeding remotely close to me then it is time for me to soak up some sand for a while .

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Camellia Replied to Russell Smith 1 month ago


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Sherry Hill 1 month ago

ahh Camellia.. these are beautiful.. the pelican is probably my #1 bucket list bird.. i think they are gorgeous.. awesome set of photos.. i left the last one up on my laptop studying what a cool darn bird he is..

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Camellia Replied to Sherry Hill 1 month ago

Thank you Sherry. I agree with you they are definitely unique in their build and beauty. I took soooo many photos because I just couldn't get enough of them. Amazing birds.

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