…A marvelous bird is the pelican.

From the limerick of Dixon Lanier Merritt:

…A marvelous bird is the pelican

His beak can hold more than his belly can.

He can store in his beak

Enough food for a week

And I don’t know how the hell ‘e can.



Today (Sunday morning), Hubby wanted to go paddle boarding early.  I thought it would be nice to go with him and spend some time in Morro Bay, which is about 35 minutes away – on the Pacific Ocean.

It was early when we arrived so the pelicans were fishing.


I felt like I was watching some prehistoric bird festival.  If these guys were just 10 times their size, they could easily have been Pterodactyls through my lens.

Anyway, I thought I’d bring to you my photo journal.  I wish I could have manipulated my iPhone into a close-up lens, but the sun was shining right in my eyes and I couldn’t see the screen.  I was just hoping I was getting the images of what I was seeing.  The birds were much closer to me than they appear in the photos.




I’m sitting on a rock on the edge of the bay. I see the pelicans circling.  ‘New Age Pterodactyls’, I think to myself.


The one goes in for a fish.  It felt like they were right in front of me.


He crashed into the water, no issue at all!  I couldn’t tell if he got a fish because the other one landed almost immediately afterwards and blocked my view.




Noting the good luck of the first two, a new pair arrived.


The first pair took flight as the second pair continued to circle.


At this point, they were all very near me as they all circled..


And then there were 5.


But then they flew away except for two… one took to the water to swim and the other circled. I looked over and saw humans swimming with orange buoys attached to them… very distracting and I’m sure they scared the fish away.


So then I noticed some hopeful seagulls below me who were patiently waiting to see if I had any food. I didn’t.


Eventually, humans started gathering. Here are two dogs in lifejackets. I wish I had gotten a better photo of the bulldog. He looked so cute in his yellow jacket!


OCTOBER BUCKET FUND!  Can we help this mini stallion have his eye and gelding surgery?!  Story here.  He was trapped in a burr filled paddock – with burrs all in his hair and on his legs, when he would rub his eye, well… this happened and was never treated.  Please donate if you can!  Thank you!  All donations are 100% tax deductible!


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