Sunday, April 29, 2012

Here a pelican, there a pelican, everywhere a pelican


As you have noticed with my last several posts, I'm still infatuated with the pelicans. 
Poop and all!
And I'll try to make this post the last one of pelicans for at least a few days.
For some of these shots, I was chased off by a loading dock crew.
(Not the dock above, that's the Rod and Reel Pier. )
I guess I wasn't suppose to be there.
Yep ... missed that sign.
Oh well .... I have short term memory problems.
It'll probably happen again.
*whoops*


The pelicans never cease to amaze me with their grace in the air ...

 and the beauty of their summer colors.






I have gotten so that I can at least identify the elders from the teens ...

 ... like these three bad boys looking for trouble.





They always amaze me how they can fold themselves up ...


... from a wingspan over 7 feet ...

 ... to this sleeping pose.
~sigh~

Yep, I love pelicans.


Almost as much as the evening sunsets!

Hope you've had an awesome weekend.
Ours was filled with a little canoeing that I'll share tomorrow.

In the meantime, I hope to be dropping in at your places this evening
and see what you've been up to!

Later, my friends,



50 comments:

Kathy said...

I never get tired of your pelican shots. They make me wish I lived near the shore so I could photo them too!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I love taking photos of pelicans too. They have so much detail with very animated bodies.

Maryvel Friesen said...

AWESOME shots! How can you get so close to them without scaring them? They are probably pretty used to people eh? That sunset shot is amazing! Are the pictures what they call HDR effect? Very nice!

Margie said...

I love pelicans and you capture them so well Reena! Love the group of young tuffs looking for trouble, LOL!

TexWisGirl said...

you don't have to limit your pelican love on my behalf. i love sharing yours. :)

Jean said...

Keep those pelican pics coming!
I will share them with my granddaughter.:)

Tracy said...

Reena,
You are absolutely amazing...every single photo is brilliant and shows such personality! Great photography!

Lois Evensen said...

I won't get tired of seeing your pelicans. Love 'em! They are such fun birds. So goofy sometimes and often too friendly for their own good.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

They are pretty cool, more so because I don't often see them.

It's always better to ask forgiveness than permission :-)

Sylvia K said...

Your pelicans are awesome! I love how the "fold up", too! Such wonderful captures, Reena! Glad you have the short term memory problems -- a lot better than my long term ones!! Hope you've had a great weekend and a wonderful week to come!

Sylvia

Country Girl said...

Thanks for sharing these birds. I don't get to see too many of them in these parts, so this is a treat. The adults are beautiful.

Catherine said...

Those birds sure seem to know how to soak up the sun! Wonderful - and the sunset? Fantastic!
Wishing you a happy week Reena!
xo Catherine

Deanna said...

I just returned from a trip to Galveston where it is loaded with pelicans. I loved to watch them dip and dive, but graceful they are not. They literally crashed into the water, all the time I am wondering how they not break their wings. Someone told me that they only weigh less than 10 lbs, their bones are hollow. But they are absolutely fascinating to watch.

Brian Miller said...

haha you have a slight infatuation...love the colors in the crest of that first one...a rich brown...great shots...

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Glad to see more pelican love here! Lovely photos! One day I watched as a bunch (gaggle?) of white ones synchronized their food gathering on the lake. It looked like a dance and took my breath away. Next time I will be ready with a video camera.

GailO said...

Every time I see your Anna Maria posts I miss it so much! It holds such memories for me...pelicans included:)

Ginny said...

Totally awesome, you know how much I love your pelicans, I have never seen a real one. But even more beautiful, the sunset...

rainfield61 said...

But did they moo-moo here and moo-moo there?

gina said...

Your beautiful images really help me appreciate what amazing birds they are! Thanks!

Ross said...

Great series of shots that you've given us here! We have a huge pelican population here where I live. Your shots show me just how beautiful a bird they are!

Betty Manousos said...

wow, reena, your pelican pictures are always majestic!
they are such beautiful birds!

have a great week ahead!
xo

Nancy said...

But your pelican photos are precious! And you are learning about them, so it can't be all bad! :)

Laura said...

Such clear images. I find them so interesting. But don't get too close! I made that silly mistake once :)

Marcie said...

These pelicans are amazing..and the sunset - divine!

Wanda plain~N~simple said...

If I ever had an opportunity to be around these beautiful birds, I'm sure I would be just as infatuated as you... keep them coming, poop and all!!

Sandra said...

i have two favorites today, the one of the three in a row and the one landing on the water. i love these guys and never get tired of them.

Daryl Edelstein said...

such interesting birds, so prehistoric in looks .. and so compact, I could use a lesson in packing from them

My Journey With Candida said...

You get some of the best bird shots I have ever seen... I love the textured look of the feathers in the one picture.

Madi and Mom said...

I've never noticed what the very pretty shade of brown on the pelican's neck. Actually your pictures are the best view I've ever had of a pelican.

Gorgeous sunset
Hugs Madi and Mom

Mark said...

Love the pelicans, I shoot them every chance, but not as well as you. Beautiful.

Michael said...

great water landing and sleeping shots...and the sunset is magnificent

ladyfi said...

Just beautiful - and what amazing blues!

lisa said...

Magnificent creatures, and you have photograped them so nicely Reena!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

I love pelicans, don't know what it is about them. Gorgeous pics.

Bob Bushell said...

I love Pelicans and yours are superb, nice one.

Rohrerbot said...

Gorgeous!! I agree with you...pelicans are amazing creatures. I love how they dive kama kazi into the ocean. I love how they fly.....it's pretty amazing stuff. I several shots coming up from Mexico several weeks ago. And that sunset.....wow!

Louise said...

They look so absurd, and ungainly, and they you see them fly, swim and dive. Reminds me of the hidden depths in all of us.

dona said...

I find them really funny! :D
P.S.: The sunset is amazing.

bon bon said...

it's a good thing you love them so as it appears they're everywhere! ;o)
those detailed feathers are pretty amazing.

Pat said...

I love seeing your pelican shots!

Ivanhoe said...

Beautiful! One day I will make it down south & take some gorgeous pics, too :)

JillsyGirl Studio said...

oh my goodness...that last one made my jaw drop!!

Gillian Olson said...

Love the pelicans, especially the blue and yellow beaks.

Anna said...

Pelicans strike me as both peculiar and amazing - kind of an odd combination. Your fourth capture falls into the amazing category.... wonderful color, form, and composition!
Have a great week :)

Linda R said...

Your really do have a sweet life. I love canoeing. And you can show me as many Pelican photos as you wish. I love seeing them.. Love the shot of the pelican just about to hit the water. What a nice catch!!

Hugs~

Jennifer Richardson said...

reminds me fondly of my dad
and I sitting on the beach
watching them fly over
and barrel dive into the water
and he'd quote
"a marvelous bird is the pelican,
his beak can hold more than his belly can, he can store in his beak enough for a week and I don't know HOW the hell 'e can!"
good times:)
-Jennifer

Cheryl said...

Part of the charm of spending time in NC is being able to watch/photograph the pelicans. Thanks for sharing these. I'm missing the mid-Atlantic coastal warmth.

Mark said...

These photos are wonderful !!! I wish we had this kind of wildlife in the UK :-) I will keep popping back in the hope of seeing some more Pelicans .

eileeninmd said...

Oh, I love the pelicans and sunset too. You have some awesome shots of the Pelicans and your sunset is gorgeous. Great captures.

Margaret said...

Wow... now that is a sunset! And I had no idea pelicans could "fold" like that. Fascinating!