The above got a fishing hook stuck on his feather. The fisherman started to bring him in and when the pelican took off the feather just got pulled out with the hook. It looked like it was a clean pull. Off pelican went and the fisherman had a really big feather stuck to his hook. This bird was lucky.
This one had a big hook stuck on his leg. The lifeguard swam out to him with a big net but the pelican took off flying.
A few of the pelicans hanging out on the jetty next to the pier. The one in the bottom picture has a band on his leg so he’s probably been in a bird hospital before. They usually band them before they release them back out in the wild.
I walked up to pier to see a lifeguard and park ranger cutting the fishing wire that had been wrapped around this pelican’s legs and wing. It’s a sad thing to say but these guys are experts. They had him caught, cleaned up and released in minutes. They must do this a lot.
The pelican gave them one last look before taking off.
This lady kingfisher has been a regular visitor this past winter. She’s either on the dock or on the boat lift poles.
Mr Grumpy (great blue heron) sometimes naps on our dock.
An anhinga paid a visit recently.
My resident osprey has been spending some time on our neighbor’s sailboat mast. I took this right before the sun went down. He usually comes in right before dark and sleeps there.
One day we had a hawk on the same mast.
We have a spotted sandpiper that hangs out in the channel in the winter. I went out on the dock to take this picture. He let me get pretty close. It was during an extreme low tide so he was walking around in the muck.
A couple of weeks ago we had a pelican on our dock. This is the first time I’ve ever seen one here. I rarely see them come into the channels. They usually stay out closer to the bay.
One night right before the sun went down I went outside to get something and saw a flock of robins hanging out in our tree on the side of the house. They stayed long enough for me to run back in the house to get my camera and come back out and snap a few shots.
We get a lot of squirrels in our yard.
Pretty flower on the fence.
A few of the critters passing through our yard in the last few months.
Hiding behind trees at a very busy intersection in the Tampa Bay area is Possum Branch Preserve. There’s only a tiny sign on the fence and no real parking. You just pull onto the grass and park along the fence. There wasn’t a lot of birds the day I was there in early December but tons of plants along the ponds. If it wasn’t for all of the loud traffic close by I would have thought I was in the middle of nowhere.
Still working on my pelican diving shots. I still can’t seem to get a good picture of them going straight down with just their beaks hitting the water. They were flying close to the pier and the water was crystal clear. They are really fast though. It’s fun watching them dive down to get the fish but you would think they would get a headache from doing that all day.