Hey there...So sorry for not responding till now. I have been away...That was an absolutely amazing feature, I am taken aback to have my stuff included among such incredible images! I really did enjoy, if a little delayed.
Yeah they often do that, especially the younger ones I find...They just like to sit and check stuff out hehe...You can tell these ones are young because of the grey patterns on their wings, shoulders, necks and head. When they're older they'll be almost exclusively white (except for the black feathers) and grow those "mohawks" and giant protrusions on their beaks
Brilliant photo. I LOVE how they stood still for you! lol OK....gotta fav this one....I LOVE Pelicans. True story: When I was flying hang gliders up in Monterey, some friends were standing on the ground watching me fly. Jim,"Wow...look how graceful he is...not a bit of wasted energy!" Max,"Yea - sure...but he's fuckin ugly... he's a Pelican!" BIG LAUGHTER.... I have been PelicanHelms ever since.