Friday, August 15, 2008

P is for Pelican

It's not always easy to photograph a pelican up close. However, this one was very cooperative.

And so were these.


Sometimes I can sneak up on them in the kayak without spooking them, but I'm limited by the zoom on my pocket camera (I'm not brave enough to take the good camera out on the water).


Most of the time they fly away before I can get very close. And even with a decent telephoto lens, they are too far away to capture much detail.


There was one pelican in the flock that stayed behind so I tried to get closer.


But eventually he sensed my presence.


That's close enough.

See ya!

15 comments:

  1. I haven't seen pelicans since I was visiting Seattle. I remember a group of kids (they thought) were giving them anti-acid tablets and it made them explode or something. There were SO MANY that it was sad but the population was huge the seagulls were taking over. Looks like you have just the right amount. No Pelicans here. Just birds.

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  2. Pelicans are such an interesting creature.
    I love your photography as always. You have a great eye for the perfect shot!

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  3. They are so magnificent! We have white pelicans on the Great Salt Lake. Did you know that?

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  4. In the spring, it is common to see white pelicans flying overhead here in Wyoming. I don't have a clue of their destination, but I have never seen one in any body of water around here.

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  5. Cool bird!!! What an interesting array of fin and fur you have access to.

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  6. Such lovely photos, Tracy! You certainly do have a talent with your camera. I think Pelicans are such beautiful creatures, and they are a perfect adornment for the waves and the sand.

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  7. Great pics ! Pelicans are the funniest birds. I can remember feeding them in FLorida when we'd visit my grandmother - a big thrill for a little kid from the midwest!

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  8. You are a marvel with the camera...I always love your originality!

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  9. Great shots! I hope your going to make some cards out of these, they would be stunning:-)

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  10. I'm envious of your beach trips. As always, excellent photography!

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  11. Fantastic pictures! I felt like I was right there with you! What interesting birds pelicans are....thanks for sharing!!! Love you blog!

    Juri

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  12. That was pretty close I'd say.

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  13. As always - the pictures are spectacular. I think I need a beach house at Matagordo! These pictures bring back that childhood rhyme -

    What a funny thing is a pelican. It's beak can hold more than it's belly can.

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  14. We have seen a lot of pelicans here on our trip but not up close like this. Nice shots.

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~Tracy