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1. The fishing boats are in and brown pelicans perch along the railings of floating docks. Fishes are cleaned and parts discarded. Thus begins the feeding frenzy.
3. The pelican's pouch is flexible and can hold an enormous amount of food.
4. To get the food down the bird has to tilt its head back and let the food slide down its gullet bit by bit. It took this bird a full 30 minutes to consume a pouch full of food.
5. Waiting for the next meal.
7. Red necked Phalarope. These birds are extremely difficult to focus on as their heads jerk back and forth and they are constantly moving in circles.
8. We know that some whales hunt in teams (orcas, and humpbacks blowing bubble nets to contain a school of fish) but I have never seen sea lions fish in teams. This team consisted of 5 sea lions.
9. The bubbles are probably caused by the sea lions exhaling just as they break the surface of the water.
10. I shot this hand-held from inside the car as it pulled alongside the grazing fawn.
All photos taken with Canon 7D and 400mm/f5.6 lens. Sea lions and phalarope photographed with 400mm + 1.4TC
Edited on Aug 29, 2012 at 03:08 AM · View previous versions