Break, it did. As I walked towards the end of the pier, hundreds of pelicans swarmed in full swoon. These long-beaked, pouchy-throated aerial water birds soared in droves; their cacophony of squealing clatter enraptured a small audience of walkers, tourists, and fisherman.
This fortunate small crowd delighted as hundreds of these pterodactyl-like birds shrieked and whooshed, swooped and flew—many of them plunging head-first into the deep blue sea for the ocean catch of the day. And then there were the whales.
In the distance, these giant beasts raised their monstrous black bodies every so often, teasing the onlookers. Sea kayakers followed as did the birds. The colonies of squawking pelicans flew madly about the bay, filling the sky and the sea below.
Although I wasn't able to catch any pictures of the fleeting glimpses of colossal whales as they dipped in and out of the ocean and spouted their blowholes, this morning belonged to the birds. I'm not sure words or pictures can capture this awesome phenomenon, but here are a few rough video clips as well as some photos.
|When I arrived, the sun and blue skies lay hidden behind the morning fog.|
|Pelicans swooned everywhere.|
|Literally, hundreds of them.|
|The schools of fish caused quite a feeding frenzy.|
|Eventually the sun came out on both sides of the pier.|
|Although I didn't have any luck capturing photos of the whales, look in the middle of this picture (where the birds congregated on the sea's surface) to see where one of these water beasts hovered below.|
|Fossil evidence of pelicans dates back 30 million years.|
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