Big Birds

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Everyone loves a pelican, in most places they are the comical residents of the local pier looking for easy chow.

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The pelicans of Baja are more serious, they are an organized fish killing army of thousands, annihilating schools of bait fish with disturbing efficiency.

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We watched as The Six Pelicans of the Apocalypse gathered a pterodactyl legion of menhaden death.

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A horde of pelicans and cormorants smelled the blood and gathered from miles around, covering the surface of the bay with waves of low level birds.

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Soon, thousands of circling birds plunged into an area the size of a swimming pool as the bait school made its way past the point and into the bay (probably a mistake on their part).

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These birds were operating under VFR with no flight traffic control authority and yet we documented no midair collisions.

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The fisherman’s coop also mobilized to cash in on the bait bonanza.

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Two skiffs put out a small purse seine.

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Then they noticed a lot of pelicans.

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AGHHHHHHH!! It’s a pelican nightmare!

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By the time they got to the end of the net they had one fish box of bait left and were floating in a sea of bloated, burping birds.

27°41.00’N 114°52.70’W 15-Nov-09 20:00 PST

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