Megans Bay, St. Thomas: On the Water (2)

Megans Bay on St. Thomas’ North coast is among the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.

Magens Bay from Overlook

Magens Bay from Overlook

We spent the day there – swimming, resting, wandering along the beach, watching birds, fish, and people.

White sailboats in blue water

White sailboats in blue water

I could have been content looking at 50+ shades of blue and green all day:

50 shades of blue

50 shades of blue

But the peaceful gazing upon calm blue waters was quickly interrupted by free entertainment from flying dinosaurs.

two flying dinosaurs

two flying dinosaurs

Soon, one of them flew by at eye level:

winging by

winging by

Alright, so the flying dinosaurs turn out to be brown pelicans. But don’t they look like they are the missing link between all the other birds and their dinosaur ancestors? Just take a look at that massive beak and those wings!

When they see fish near the surface, they move in with the utmost precision:

Sometimes, it becomes a coordinated attack:

coordinated diving

coordinated diving

That throat pouch sure comes in handy for holding a big mouthful of fishes.

swallowing fish

swallowing fish

Delicious!

translucent throat pouch

As their stomachs are getting fuller, lift-off from the water seems to occur in slow motion, though still resembling a graceful water ballet.

taking off

And so the day passes on the water….

Ed’s Sunday Stills theme this week: On the Water

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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32 Responses to Megans Bay, St. Thomas: On the Water (2)

  1. kazg10 says:

    Wow great shots especially the pelicans. Totally fascinating with the diving, the landing and the eating. I really enjoyed them🙂

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  2. Tish Farrell says:

    This is glorious post, Annette. As you say the 50 shades of blue were fine enough, but then on come the pelicans. You’ve captured the energy of their performance so well.

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  3. Amazing shots of ‘dinosaurs’ in flight. The last pic, for me, takes the price!

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  4. Tom K says:

    The color of the water is fabulous and the shots of the pelicans are amazing. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  5. jenny says:

    Wow – a little piece of paradise with some amazing guest stars! Love the pelicans!

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  6. What a veritable paradise, Annette! Your pelican captures are so awesome, especially the closeup of his face, and also the last image. It’s a great action pic.🙂

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  7. This is my favorite beach on Earth . . . so far. I still have quite a few to visit.

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  8. jpeggytaylor says:

    Amazing sea colours – so beautiful. In flight your pelicans do look like pterosaurs, don’t they! Wonderful shots – I can imagine the pelicans were fascinating to watch🙂

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  9. Beautiful place and fabulous captures of the pelican in flight! I especially like the photos of it in flight, skimming the water🙂

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    • Thank you, Sarah. Yes, it was amazing how low they could glide over the water, sometimes one or two wingtips actually dipping in without slowing their flight! BTW, I am glad I checked my SPAM folder because I found your comment in there. No idea how it got there….you are no spammer, my friend🙂

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  10. Wonderful shades of blue and flying dinosaurs thrown in, to boot! It’s a jungle out there, isn’t it, Annette? The cycle of life is all around us in nature….even on such a gorgeous beach.

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  11. Absolutely beautiful and some amazing photography!

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  12. The pelican, the pelican. His beak can hold more than his belly can. haha. These gorgeous photos make me want to sing. Now, I wonder, how do they avoid concussions? They hit the water at full speed. OUCH. That has to hurt.

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    • Pelicans probably have no more concussions than humans who dive in from great heights…they seem to be happy and healthy and keep repeating that diving routine over and over….maybe we humans could do more of it, too…and eat more fish in the process🙂 Happy to hear you sing…

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  13. The water looks so blue ! And the pelican is gorgeous !

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  14. belocchio says:

    A very strange bird is the pelican. His beak can hold more then his belly can!! Fabulous photographs of this amazing bird in action. Virginia

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