Category Archives: birds

Is this the smartest pelican on the West Coast?

In the winter of 2009-2010 West Coast populations of small schooling fish, the principal food of brown pelicans, crashed. These large, regal and elegant birds, a population battling their way back from DDT poisoning at the hand of man, died … Continue reading

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Osprey Fishing

Last Sunday I happened on a group of Osprey working the eel grass beds between Nick’s and Hog island on Tomales bay. It was a strong minus tide, so the water was very shallow. The mid day light was less … Continue reading

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Friendly White Pelicans

I ran into a somewhat friendly group of white pelicans last weekend on Tomales bay. I see whites almost exclusively in flocks, only rarely singularly. Unlike browns, they usually keep their distance from humans. One thing I have learned about … Continue reading

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