Haulover Park off Collins in Miami Beach

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.

Main Building, first thing you see, – Turn Left.
The Docks

A couple of fun facts

  1. Pelicans incubate their eggs with their webbed feet – they stand on the eggs.
  2. 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.

Waiting for Lunch
Portrait #1
Portrait #2
Portrait #3

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

Published by Philip Goldberg Photography

Every photographer has a mantra, and my mantra is: It's all in the printed photograph. With today's snap and up-load mentality, we have gotten further away from what photography is about and it's about the print. A good photograph should be a physical image that causes you to look a second or third time. It should also be an image that arrests your subconscious, touches your emotional center, fascinates your imagination and it should pull you up sharply. That is what is known as the decisive moment. My journey in photography began when images appeared in a tray and had to be fixed. The hours spent in the dark put you in a creative zone in which life did not impinge and the only life was the one that you breathed into the photograph under the concentrated light of an enlarger. In those days, my trusty Nikon F was not only my camera of choice; it was the only one I could afford. As a native of Detroit, my camera, car and curiosity were my holy trinity in my wanderlust for good photographs. Older and hopefully wiser, my photography is now digital. The Nikon now sits on the shelf, but next to it are my modern digital cameras: Canon, Leica, Mamiya, as well as tech and field cameras. However, I still compose the shot. There are many other photographers who believe in the craft of the printed image, which is the reason why, I have been commissioned several occasions to print for their exhibitions in China and Berlin. I trust that the photographs that you have viewed in my galleries embody my belief in photography. If you have seen a photograph that you would like to own or if you are a fellow photographer looking for a good printer then please contact me. I still believe that the printed image is the end game in photography. A good photograph, is about making decisions, planning and being prepared, because as the saying goes; 'fortune falls to them, who are prepared for chance'. Thanks for viewing. I can be contacted by email at alajuela@msn.com if you have any questions or would like usage rights to any of the photographs on this site.

One thought on “Haulover Park off Collins in Miami Beach

  1. Phil

    Like what you’re doing here. Like the photos. Also like the jibe at the Brits. But the words – man! Some of those ‘run-on-sentences’ are seriously dangerous to anyone not on oxygen. Shorter sentences, please! Also some of the sentences are non-sequiturs. Need to edit this, mate.


    …of all man’s inventions, there is none more beneficial as the long weekend!


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