Thursday, May 29, 2008
At the river mouth of Rio Tomatlan, just south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pelicans are ever present. They are excellent fishers, dropping themselves from high above into the sea, folding their wings and making a slight turn just before they hit the water. They hardly miss the fish they are after and carry it off in their expandable lower beak.
But why work if you can get food for free? Fishermen who gut their catch right at the river´s edge are very popular with the birds and have to be careful, or the pelicans might take their fish as well as the entrails.