These beautiful loons only stay in Florida for a few short months during the winter.
I caught one busy getting his own fish.
He was gulping them down, one after another. Then the below happened.
A loon had gotten caught in fishing hook and the fisherman was pulling him up on the pier. At least the fisherman next to him had told him not to cut the line, to pull him up and get the hook out. It’s better to use a bait net but they pulled him so fast no one had time to get the net. I ran over to the corner and shot the above quick right before he came up on the pier.
A volunteer from the Tampa Audubon was there and helped get the hook out. The hook came out quick and the loon was released back into the water.
This pelican was not so fortunate. He has fishing line stuck somewhere on his body. He was on the other side of the pier that is not accessible.
A few other sights on the pier that morning. And we wonder why they just cut the line instead of pulling up the bird. They can’t even bother to pull up their own pants.