This past Spring was a great time to photograph birds on the Bolivar Peninsula. While there is a large variety of species it is the pelicans and the raptors that pique my interests.
Diving from 60 feet head first into the water are the brown pelicans who are majestic in flight and comical on the ground. Like an eagle they can ride the thermals for great distances without being a wing and they've learned that they can get an easy hand out from the local shrimps so watch for them hanging out on the stern of the shrimp boats at the ready to catch whatever is tossed their way.
While they're comfortable hanging out by themselves you'll often see the brown pelicans socializing in groups and flying in what looks like a squadron of bombers on a mission. Like wolves they'll often hunt in a pack which makes sense since a dozen eyes can spot the fish easier than just a pair.
This year was my first time seeing the Harrier at the Bolivar Peninsula. I'm sure that they've probably been there the entire time but this is the fist that I've personally noticed them. Flying flow and with an owl-like appearance they are interesting to watch as they hunt for snakes and rodents.
A bird for breakfast is a great way for this Merlin to start it's day. They are not commonly found on the Bolivar Peninsula which makes this an even more special capture.
And now just a few more photos from the past five or six months.