Back to birdblogging the marina. Story behind the photo below the break.
This was taken at the same Punta Rassa marina in Fort Myers where I took the shot of that row of white pelicans, though the two shots were taken a couple of years apart. These guys weren’t as discreet as the white pelicans in staking out the fishing boats as they came back with their leftover bait; they sat right on the pier pilings, ready to swarm over the poor boatmen as they came puttering back from the mangroves.
These are youngish brown pelicans, as evidenced by the white cap. As they age, the white turns into yellow, moving from the bridge of the bill back over the scalp (kind of like a receding hairline).