Florida’s Pelicans


After years of wanting to visit Florida’s remote Everglades National Park and surrounding areas, we’ve finally made it this winter, setting up camp alongside the Barron River in Everglades City.


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Brown Pelican


Everglades City is a total of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km) with a resident population of less than 500.  No main stores, no fast food, just a small, resilient fishing community that has endured hurricane after hurricane, their last major devastation occurring with Irma in September 2017.


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Brown Pelican


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Brown Pelican


We picked Everglades City for its laid-back/no crowds atmosphere and as an excellent nature/wildlife pivot point to the surrounding nature areas.  No traffic congestion here.


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White Pelicans


When I would think of Florida as a kid, I would think Pelicans.  They were cool with their awkwardness and prehistoric looks.


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White Pelicans


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Brown Pelican – “Why The Long Face?”


I will enjoy my Pelican opportunities!



66 thoughts on “Florida’s Pelicans

  1. Aha! The Everglades, OMG… you are going big! Your post today is fantastic! I like pelicans, you have captured white pelicans in flight something I haven’t done yet. I hope that you will find many, many species of birds and awe us with your photos! Enjoy your Florida stay, Donna. 🙂

    • Thank you, HJ! Almost overwhelming, but we’re here a couple months so I’ve got time to find some hot spots for sure. I hope to see many more White Pelicans, they are so gorgeous! And many other birds, hopefully gain a few lifers….that’d be super nice! 😊

  2. Oh, so this is your location. It sounds excellent with the closeness to so many nature centers and being in a small town. Enjoy! I am enjoying the close detail of the feathers and facial markings of the brown pelicans and the formation of the white pelicans in flight. As well,I am looking forward to hearing and seeing more about your journeys.

    • Thank you, Jane! I hope I find more White Pelicans. Those I captured in flight were only five, but they swirled around and around in a thermal, it was so graceful watching. 🙂

    • Thank you, Ashley!

      Was thinking of you today, seeing the continuing devastation of your country’s fires. So tragic. On a lighter side, the news also showcased an Australian Magpie that was actually singing/calling out as an imitation of a fire engine siren. Have you seen it? Quite amazing!

    • Thanks Ellen, hoping so! I see it looks like you and Ted are in Florida too? I saw his mention of Tarpon Bay in a previous post, I was researching the Everglades and a Tarpon Bay, further searched revealed there’s a Tarpon Bay in the Everglades and Sanibel. I’m guessing you’re in Sanibel? The other location was way too wild and remote, lol.

      • Yes, the Tarpon Bay at Sanibel was his reference. We are returning to SC in the morning after 17 days here. It’s been great being close to Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. The time went by fast and I didn’t get to all the spots I wanted. The laptop I brought turned out to be only good for transferring images, it was way too slow to process, so I only developed a few. I’ll be skipping over the so-so images when I get started!

        • Awesome location, nice adventure. I went to Ding Darling NWR years back and it was mostly closed off, so I’ve yet to see that refuge. Looking forward to yours & Ted’s photos! Have a safe trip home!

  3. What amazing photos, Donna. 😍 We have nine pelicans who’ve taken up residence in the trees alongside the lake in our backyard. My camera doesn’t capture them nearly as well as yours. 😳

  4. That bit about not having crowds sounds utterly ideal to me as you may have guessed. What a superb view of the pelicans up close and personal. Yay, You!

  5. Pelicans are fascinating. A couple decades ago we rented a friend’s beach house on the SC coast and I photographed their daily trips as they flew over from faily low over our dune.

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