Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pelican peace ...

As you dear friends know, I sort of have an addiction to photographing birds.  I love watching them feed, preen and float in the air.  (Although, I have yet to perfect my in-fight shots as some of you!)

There is something peaceful and calming about watching them.

Take the Brown Pelican for an example.  I've never really found them very attractive, but lately, as I take more time to observe them, I find them quite charming.  I've learned to identify the young ones who are white breasted.  As they mature, their chests turn dark, as you can see on this fellow below.


These sweet creatures have survived for over 40 million years, virtually unchanged.







These young'ins are probably going to live up to 40 years.  That is, if they don't get caught up in fishing lines.  80% will become entangled either in an active line or in discarded line thrown thoughtlessly into the sea.  Just the other day, while boating, we removed a fishing line that some folks thoughtlessly left strung across several posts.  Undoubtedly, some feathered friend would have met their doom there.


I hope you find these guys as charming as I do.  I had fun capturing this fellow below walking, or rather ~waddling~ down the pier.







I think I have begun waddling like this.  Vacations can do that to a girl!

I hope to get back into a better routine soon.  I so enjoy all your comments and visits.  It means a lot.  Thank you.

Until tomorrow, dear friends,


~ sharing with ~


78 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

so beautiful! especially enjoyed the waddle! :)

Tricia said...

too cute, too cute... love all the babies! I had no idea they lived 40 yrs... that's amazing! Sure wish people would think before they do what they do

beth said...

oh the dreaded vacation waddle....i know what that is :)

ps....love your birds !

Woody said...

They are curiously attractive; I really like the first photo. I, too, was unaware they lived so long, thanks for the lesson!

Kanelstrand said...

... and the slow speed again! I can feel that this is the main point of your vacation, although your grandchildren maintain higher speed :)))

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

My feathers are waddling this week too. ugh. Cute pics of these waddlers though!

Evelyn S. said...

You definitely caught that waddle!!! You are a great photographer of birds, Reena. The first pelican image looks like a wonderful painting.

Andrew said...

Beautiful birds to see Reena and I have been fotunate enough to have visited Florida and have seen them in the wild..

Modesto Viegas said...

Good waddle series! :-)

Pat Tillett said...

Great shots! I love pelicans...

Madi and Mom said...

We love your bird pictures and commentary too!! Keep on doing what you do.
Boy I had an sighting yesterday.
2 yellow bellied sapsuckers. Just a few feet away from our porch. I can't remember the last time I saw one. I would have loved a picture but my camera was inside. So I just took a picture with my mind's eye.
hugs Madi's Mom

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love your brown pelican shots - just beautiful!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

hi reena,

those shots are fantastic!
i love those birds for some reason.
thanks for sharing this interesting post! i really enjoyed it. :)

betty

Barb said...

I truly do find them charming - and your photos are fun as usual - love the waddle! (hate the nets)

Ali said...

I learned something new.. had no idea they live 40 yrs.... there were three flying above my head the other day and of course I get dizzy when trying to shoot up into the sky and only managed to capture a blue blur. your shots are precious!

Kerri said...

Pelicans are a face of mine..... But I don't get too see them very often! Your captures are superb!

Patricia said...

Unchanged for 40 million years~~~ must mean that they're entirely perfect as is. I love seeing them fly and glide with seemingly little effort along our western coast. They're just beautiful in my opinion and your photos are fantastic as usual.

bobbybegood1 said...

I enjoy watching all life's creatures - even humans - LOL! Save the Pelicans! Yeah. Lovely photos reena. Cheers!!

P. S. Are pelicans an endangered animal?

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

You got some beautiful shots. I'd never really come into close contact with a Pelican until we went to North Carolina recently. They really are extraordinary birds and I totally get why you love photographing our feathered friends.

Gary said...

Great captures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Ashley Sisk said...

If they were people...>I would think of them like old senators. Not sure why.

Brian Miller said...

wonder if that pelican heads the no wake sign...smiles...i miss seeing birds like this now that we are away from the coast...

Ginny said...

I LOVE this post!! I have never seen a real pelican, my friends in Florida have the everywhere. 80% get caught, that is so BAD!!! I also didn't know how many millions of years they have existed, or that they live 40 years, that is LONG for a bird. Know why I like this post so much? We are birdwatchers! Second picture is my favorite.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Pelicans, they are awesome.

Jill said...

I think they are perfectly charming and your photos are wonderful (as always).

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love to watch the birds too, especially when they live in groups like this, it makes them that much more fun (and relaxing) to watch--don't you wonder what they're thinking?

Sandra said...

the pelicans are my most favorite bird. I love them because they are ugly and interesting and awkward and swallow funny. i really like the boards on the dock, so pretty and of course i like the pelicans

mick said...

I always enjoy watching pelicans and your photos are great.

Judy said...

I love it! I fell in love with pelicans while vacationing in Florida.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I love these birds. One good reason is because they're the state bird of Louisiana. :) Other than that, I find them beautiful. I did not know they live such a long life.

Misty said...

You always capture such gorgeous details!

Sylvia K said...

Such lovely birds in their own wonderful way and you do get such terrific captures! Yep, love that waddle, too! Hope your week is going well, Reena!

Sylvia

Ann said...

they are quite charming in their own unique sort of way. I had no idea that they lived that long.

Michaele said...

A pelican is a funny bird. His beak can hold more than his bellycan. I don't know how in the hellhecan. My dad told me this when I was very young and I always thought I was cussing whenever I said it to anyone else.
Nice photos!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

They really are photogenic, aren't they? I have some pelican photos from our coast and really think I should go take some more. And maybe have some fish tacos while I'm there. It's only a 20 minute drive. Want me to bring you some tacos?

eileeninmd said...

I love pelicans and the young ones are adorable. Fantastic photos, Reena!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

The great thing about having a passion for something -- you get to learn as you go.

You really have a gift for photography, Reena. This a a very sweet post. :)

CherryPie said...

Wonderful photos, I have always found pelicans fascinating birds :-)

Lili said...

I'm not sure where Anna Maria is, but the birds, sunsets and scenery there are gorgeous! Just caught up over here and so glad you had some fun time with your grandkids too and are still enjoying some more time there. ~Lili

Debbie said...

these are just too cute for words!! love the waddle!!

Kathy said...

Living on 15 miles from Louisiana and near the Gulf Coast, brown pelicans are one of my favorites. They are Louisiana's state bird.

Kamana said...

sort fo have an addiction? really? you dont say.... ;)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love those birds -- they look like home (our Florida one). And they definitely do look prehistoric.

Saun said...

Once again job well done. They are gorgeous I too love the waddle shots :)

TSannie said...

My mom's favorite feathered friend. I think of her every time I see one! Thanks!

ladyfi said...

Those pelicans are fabulous - just like these shots!

Oliag said...

Who would have thought that they live 40 years! Amazing! I love there dinosaury looks:)

Fjällripan said...

Amazing photos of this beautiful and unusual bird!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I like the definition of the feathers on their wings.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - Who can be uncheered by a Pelican! They are great birds - ours are big and white - and they are fun to watch as well.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

faye said...

Love to 'shoot' pelicans. Much easier
to get close to than their cousins,
the egrets and cranes. Always a pleasure to watch.

joo said...

Terrific photos! I love them all:)

Joe said...

Wow. I didn't know pelicans lived that long. Sad about the fish nets though.

Hilke Breder said...

Thanks for sharing with us your beautiful pelican images, Reena. I remember seeing one with a fishing line's sinker hanging out of its beak. You feel to helpless! I have picked up many discarded fishing lines. People can be so thoughtless,can't look beyond their own nose.

S. Etole said...

They are an unusual looking bird, aren't they?!

My Journey With Candida said...

I have always loved Pelicans.... don't get to see them much since I live in Pennsylvania.

Last year my sister told me a lot of them go blind from hitting the water at such an impact. Not sure if that is true.

Catherine said...

I for one, always enjoy photos of birds. The brown pelicans are very interesting looking. I saw my first live pelican in Vancouver a few years ago. It was very 'cheeky' and chatting me up when I got close to it. ;)

xo Catherine

heyBJK said...

Beautiful shots of the pelicans! I remember watching them during our visits to Florida. Thank you for visiting my blog! I appreciate it!

Linda R. said...

I just love these shots.. I just got a photo of a pelican the other day.. Or should I say 25 or more shots of a pelican the other day!! They didn't look as great as your shots. Looks like your enjoying you vacation!!

Hugs, Linda

Ms. Becky said...

You've introduced me to a new bird. new for me. It would be so easy to sit for hours and watch these guys. I'm thinking it must take an awful lot of grace to balance like that on top of a post, with such a long beak, short legs, and long neck. my favorite photo is the second one that shows all the detail of their feathers. it's gorgeous. imagine having to go around all day with a beak that long!!! I think they're precious birds and you're blessed to be able to share their world and photograph them. it's always a pure pleasure to visit you Reena. happy day to you.

Snapper II said...

Love this post. They are ugly but dignified. They can hold more food in their beak than in their belly.

"A wise old bird is the Pelican, his beak can hold more than his bellican...." I don't remember the rest of this rhyme. LOL

Daryl said...

What a fun series of shots .. he really was waddling along .. like the mayor of the dock overseeing all the smaller birds

Jean said...

You have reminded me of my first Pelican sighting while on vacation in FL back in the 80's.
Great photos and great message!
I get mad thinking about damage done by fishing lines.:(

Gillian Olson said...

Great shots, we don't get pelicans here so seeing them is a treat. Thanks,

BrandNewStudio said...

WonderfulPictures

Springman said...

I Love the perspective on those pier shots, well done Reena! And who wouldn't be charmed by a pelican? I think your message concerning fishing line is so important. Imagine, an animal capable of surviving 40 million years finding it's demise because of our garbage and thoughtlessness.
Great post!

Rural Revival said...

I love pelicans, and your photos are beautiful!

Barbara said...

Yes, I love pelicans, too! I took dozens of them at the coast - just haven't had time to even look at them. Yours are precious!

Erin K said...

Aw, I love these guys, they're about as awesome in personality as seagulls. ^_^ Always reminds me of Nigel from "Finding Nemo". Hahaha! Beeeatuiful shots, by the way. ^^

Tammy said...

I share your addiction, and happen to think these guys are gorgeous!

Pat said...

These are lovely shots of the Pelicans!

lynnekovan.com said...

Lovely birds. Lovely shots. They are captivating to watch aren't they? I too love photographing them, but haven't had too much success when they're in flight. There's so much more to learn about what a camera can do!

Cedar said...

Those are such cool captures! Love the waddling and the little babies!

lisa said...

These are wonderful images Reena!
Beautiful creatures they are.

gina said...

You really do know how to make birds look beautiful -- I love your first shot! Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

EG Wow said...

They look like such characters!

Arija said...

They really do waddle, except one that I caught literally goose-stepping. I love pelicans although ours are quite a bit bigger than yours and black and white. Love the painted wing quills on yours. The more you get to know them, the more charming they become.

Sharkbytes said...

I really love pelicans.