Birds-Eye View Magical American White Pelicans Cooperative Feeding | Batiquitos Lagoon By Drone

A birds-eye-view of the Batiquitos Lagoon, an estuary and tidal wetland reservoir in North San Diego county.

On a gorgeous February afternoon, I decided to join my friend and fellow World Rider Jeremiah St. Ours for a hike and wildlife experience at the Batiquitos Lagoon, a beautiful estuary and tidal wetland between Carlsbad and Encinitas just thirty of so miles north of San Diego.

Jeremiah St. Ours and his massive 600mm camera captures the lagoon and its wildlife.

Jeremiah, armed with his massive 600mm lens, was out to capture some of the over 200 bird species that hang out in the lagoon. I thought it was a perfect time to fly my drone and capture the expanse and beauty of these wetlands. After flying for a few minutes I noticed something strange. From my birds-eye-view and through the glaring screen on my drone controller, I spotted a semi-circle of white birds.

To my surprise, I happened to capture a small flock of American White Pelicans in the middle of their dinnertime. They were herding and feeding on a small school of fish. Unlike the California Brown Pelican, the white pelicans engage in cooperative feeding. They work together to circle the school of fish and trapping them making it easier and less competitive to dine.

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American White Pelicans working cooperatively to herd and feed on schools of fish in Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, California.


The Batiquitos Lagoon, a birds-eye-view looking east on a February afternoon.

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