Pelicans on the Pismo Pier

Yesterday Pam and I heard rumors of whales being seen near Pismo Beach. We decided to spend part of the evening on Pismo Pier, talking and watching the water. As we walked toward the end of the pier we saw a pelican. I like many things about the Central Coast, and one of those things happens to be pelicans. Pelicans are a delight to watch. They are big, ponderous birds. They fly with grace, yet they land on water with a crash of reckless abandon. And it appears they like some socialization too.

A pelican on the Pismo Pier.

A pelican on the Pismo Pier.

We stopped to photograph the bird.

A Pam and a pelican on the Pismo Pier.

A Pam and a pelican on the Pismo Pier.

A pelican photo shoot.

A pelican photo shoot.

The pelican seemed to thrive on the attention. Sometimes iPhones can look like fish, at least to pelicans. The stately bird tried to eat Pam’s phone. He seemed apologetic afterwards. In the end it was no harm no foul.

When you get up close you notice pelicans have different hairstyles. This one has a faux hawk.

When you get up close you notice pelicans have different hairstyles. This one has a faux hawk.

One last shot, looking back toward the beach.

One last shot, looking back toward the beach.

When Pam and I claimed a bench on the pier and sat down, we were soon joined by birds. First the seagulls came to investigate. Soon after we were joined by one and then two pelicans. They sat on the rail, listening to our conversation, looking inquisitively at us from time to time, grooming their feathers, and enjoying the sunset.

The sun sets as a pelican watches.

The sun sets as a pelican watches.

We saw no whales, but it was still a lovely evening.

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