January 13, 2016
Everglades National Park, Florida
Photograph by Jonathan Irish
On Indian Key in Ten Thousand Islands, within Everglades National Park in Florida, American white pelicans wade together into the coastal waters where they spend the winter. This flock may be preparing to feed: Rather than dive into the water to catch fish like their brown cousins, American white pelicans fish cooperatively while afloat. They herd prey into coves or circle them, working the fish into a tighter and tighter huddle—and then dipping their bills into the water to scoop up dinner.
Follow photographer Jonathan Irish as he travels to each U.S. national park over the course of this year. His work can been seen on the @natgeotravel Instagram feed and on his personal feed @jonathan_irish