As i head up the California coast, i was passing by Struve Slough in Watsonville. I saw white pelicans everywhere and so turned off the highway and headed that way. Despite misting fog and not being able to get very close to where the birds were, here are some pictures of what i saw. For more info about the sloughs in Watsonville, watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.
White pelicans are one of North America's largest birds. They feed by scooping up fish in their pouched bills or tip-up like a duck. Groups can work together to herd first into the shallows for easier feeding. There was some kind of fish that i caught a pic of one eating, so i am assuming this was probably the attraction as I have never seen this amount of birds in this area.
In this next picture you will see a snowy egret, black crowned night heron, great white heron and pelicans. There were also Great blue herons as well. Wish i could have gotten closer or had more time but it was time to move on down the road.