I caught this guy flying past the beach where I was taking photos, over to the mouth of the channel that separates Lido Key and Siesta Key. When the tides are changing that area can be quite active and is popular with the those who feed on the smaller fish – dolphins, Pelicans, Fishermen, etc. I’m guessing that the fast flow of water during the changing tide stirs up food for the fish that congregate there. I have even seen groups of Rays feeding just a few feet off shore, right at the South Western corner of Lido Key. They were small, no more that a couple of feet across, but it was fun to see them so close up.
The first photo is the Pelican flying to the spot and the second is from when he returned. I love watching them flying, circling around, and diving for the fish. They seem ancient, awkward, and a little goofy but they almost always come up with something in their beaks.