Seaside Seabird Sanctuary staff and volunteers released rehabilitated pelicans, cormorants and gulls in January on Indian Shores Beach. Beachgoers gathered to watch. Photographer Joe Mestas captured the event, observing that after release many of the birds gathered offshore “as if reuniting or waiting for other friends to be released.”
The sanctuary rescues and treats sick or injured birds, aiming to release them into their native habitat, according to its website.
Mestas is local to the Tampa Bay area and shoots a variety of subjects. Visit his website to see more of his work.