This is a Marina, and local fishing leaves from here, for half and full day fishing excursions. The first bird you will see is a Brown Pelican, between December and April more or less, as they are migratory. I did see a Frigate bird, and a variety of Seagulls. Basically, you are going there because of the pelicans and as I, mentioned in an earlier post, I had a commitment to capture images of pelicans. It is not by chance we have fishing excursions and pelicans at the same place. Pelicans are patient birds, as they wait for the return of the boats, with their tourists, locals, and of course fish. They return occurs at noon, and five o’clock early evening. The boats generally go out 18 miles offshore, to arrive where the gulf stream is, as there are abundant fish riding the stream. This is the same Gulfstream that keeps the British Isles warm in the winter.
A couple of fun facts
- Pelicans incubate their eggs with their webbed feet – they stand on the eggs.
- Brown Pelicans can live to be 40+ years.
As the boats return, full of satisfied customers, with their “catch”, most of the people, which usually are locals, want their fish cleaned, as most Americans do not usually make fish head soup. So, the Skipper, and his mate, gut and clean the catch, tossing the innards, and head and sometimes skins, to our waiting friends, – the brown pelicans.
There will be other Pelican in the Portfolio under Wildlife/ Birds/Waterbirds,
Also We will have some images from White Pelicans, in the Merritt Island post (yet to come)
The might a short detour as I took a road trip with my son and will post some of those images. Thanks