One of the things I rediscovered in 2013 was a love for and fascination with birds that I didn’t realize I even had.
Here are a few shots of just a few of the several hundred brown pelicans that gathered in some trees near my hotel in Manta, Ecuador. The city, the second largest in Manabí province and the fifth largest in the country, didn’t do much for me, but the opportunity to watch these bird gather and play each evening made my two days in Manta unforgettable. That, and witnessing a shark slaughter.
The Brown (Pelecanus occidentalis) is the smallest of the eight pelican species, and one of just three found in the Western Hemisphere. The were common sights along my coastal visits in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica.
These snaps are this week’s contribution for Travel Photo Thursday (#TPThursday on twitter) hosted by Nancie on her website, Budget Travelers Sandbox. When you have few minutes to browse, check out Nancie’s photos and those of others who take part. You’ll see some great photos and visit some wonderful places. The direct link for this week’s post is here.