CALIFORNIA BROWN PELICANS FEEDING IN TIDE POOLS – SAN DIEGO

PELICANS FEEDING IN TIDE POOLS IN LA JOLLA – One of the things that I love about spending time by-the-sea is that everyday is different.  One day I might be lucky enough to see an octopus in a tide pool, or a sea lion begging fish from a lobster boat or elephant seals on the beach.  On December 4, 2013 I was lucky enough to spot pelicans & cormorants feeding in the ocean so I quickly walked to get a better photo opportunity.  I rounded a bend and had a full view of the beach at minus low tide and there they were –hundreds & hundreds of pelicans, cormorants and gulls.  The pelicans were feeding in the tide pools and there was one particular tide pool where the pelicans were gathered around it in a circle like some ancient rite, dipping their bills into this tiny pool and sharing a bounty of what was probably tide pool-trapped fish.  It was amazing to see how they held their wings up and out of the way to squeeze into a spot to share the bounty.  It was a behavior I have never seen before and I was in awe.  Come to think of it, is there a day by-the-sea that I am not in awe?  Never.  I was so enthralled with the pelicans that I did a small 3 inch x 3 inch watercolor in my 2013 Daily Art Journal.  

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