The pelican is one of the most common identifiable coastal bird.
Every bird has their part in nature, their amazing natural born instincts, their characteristics, to how each one is created so differently and all they do is do their best to survive on this earth.
Coastal birds are extremely susceptible to injury along the coastal beaches, fishing piers, and docks.
Abandoned fishing line has been a threat for this species along with many marine animals, and according to Cornell Lab of Ornithology, an estimate of 700 adult and immature pelicans die each year in Florida alone from entanglement in sport-fishing gear.
With the cold Florida weather, flowers and bugs are pretty much non-existent, so the next best awesome species to photograph are birds!
So, I took the day to explore with a friend, Vitoca Caraveo, to create some video clips and take some photography at Honeymoon Island.
We didn’t see the eagles or the great horned owl.. but that gives us another reason to head back there in a couple of weeks.
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This particular location, Honeymoon Island, it was great to see at least three pairs and one pair at the beginning stage of building their nest. By observing this and this small of a location, I am assuming they are not overly territorial. It would actually be quite a video to see them build their nest.
The Little Blue Heron… super neat transformation this heron goes through. When they are juveniles their feathers are completely white with dusty bluish tips and going into their immature to an adult stage they begin molting; feathers start changing.
Like any wading bird, most spend a considerable amount of time preening.. and those are the best photo ops!
What an awesome bird.. well all wading birds are awesome! Have you ever thought about how in the world all these birds have so many different characteristics? Like some have legs that are green, some birds have yellow feet, different colors, differently shaped becks, a variety of color patterns and it goes on and on!
They are fun to watch when they are seeking small fish in the shallow brackish waters, they kind of dash around and chasing them.