A flashback of when I was 10.

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These fish were already filleted so I’m not sure why they were hanging here. Maybe to advertise how much fish you can catch on their boat?

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The great egrets were hanging around trying to peck at the fish on dock.

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Fish ready to be packed up for the road home.

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This guy was filleting the fish that the people had caught and the pelicans were right there waiting for a handout.

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They would stand within two feet of you. “Excuse me lady. This is my spot to get some fish heads.” They will nip at your ankles if you get in the way of them getting a fish.

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The water was filled with pelicans waiting to catch the fish skins as they were being thrown out. This one looks like he has two in his pouch.

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Mad dash for the handouts.

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The pelicans were pretty aggressive.

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All waiting for the fish parts to fall.

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“Mine, mine”

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This sad great egret was sitting on top of the marina building watching the pelicans get their snacks. What is that hanging out of his mouth? Some kind of fishing line? I hope there’s not a hook in there.

All of the above scenes were typical for me to see when we came to visit my grandparents when I was little. The big vacation thing to do was go to the Clearwater marina before dinner (around 5pm) to see the deep-sea fishing boats come in with their catch. My dad liked to take pictures of the pelicans there because they were so close. And he liked to see what kind of fish they were catching. He wasn’t a big fisherman but he went out a few times. After 40 years, nothing has changed. Some of the same boats are still there. Even the marina building looks exactly the same. It looks like it really needs an update.

Movie trivia – the Clearwater marina was the location of a scene filmed in Lethal Weapon 3 with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. They were in Danny’s boat and got into a fight and fell into the water. You can see the marina building when they are in the water.

6 thoughts on “A flashback of when I was 10.

  1. Your blog created a flashback of when I was twelve. In December 1969 my family was on a sabbatical that my father was on from the University of Maine to do research at what was then Florida Presbyterian College. I believe it is now Eckerd College. I was surfing the web for tern photos and was attracted to your image taken at Fort De Soto Park. I read a little of your blog and saw that you went there for Christmas. We had a Christmas picnic at Fort De Soto Park in 1969. The fact that it was 70 degrees was mind blowing for a family of New Englanders. I am teaching a class in bird carving, a tern this winter, so I’ll sure I’ll explore more of your images for ideas. Thank you so much!

  2. We saw pelicans hanging around the fishing boats the first time when we spent a few winters on the Texas gulf coast.. it was amazing to us Pacific Northwesterners and we were much older than 10 (and I am sure much older than your dad when he was interested in taking their pictures)…. I still enjoy seeing them flock around the boats and fishermen.

    The egret with the fishline makes me sad.

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