Saturday, October 8, 2011

Shy & Demure! Right?

Brown Pelican
Don't let this sweet little face fool you! 
I have photographed Herron, Blue Herron, Great Egrets, Egrets, Wood Stork, Ibis, Anhingas, Spoonbills, Flamingo, Sandhill Crane, Frigatebird, Ducks, Geese, Swans, Turkey, Vultures, Eagles, Pelicans, Chickens, Hawks, Osprey, Kites, Caracara, Gulls, Pigeons, Owls, Hummingbirds, Woodpeckers, Parrots, etc., etc. It is fair to say that anything my camera can capture with wings in their natural state is a love of mine. 
The state of Florida has an abundance of wildlife and I really never have very far to go in order to capture it's beauty!
There is no bird that amuses me more than the common Pelican, however! Watching them mull around fishing piers especially, can be quite entertaining. Really quite goofy looking to begin with, waddles like a duck, keen like scavengers and hunters they never miss an opportunity to dine and delight. Cleaning a fish on deck or dock, there is sure to be a pelican close by to collect the remnants. I highly recommend keeping your bait under lock and key! An unattended bucket of temptation is a full course dinner waiting to be served!
Flying gracefully and swiftly scanning the ocean for a morsel, when spotted they dive down suddenly like a ton of bricks creating quite the event. SPLASH!!! If you did not witness the intense capture you have surly heard it! 
I love these pesky waddling darlings, maybe I'll just have to go to the ocean and capture me a few more photos! 
Ahhh! Mother Nature, the best show in town! 
Have a wonderful day!

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lisa said...

Now that's a beak!!!!
What a wonderful image this is Rosemary.
Did you use HDR on this one?
If so, the light touch is just perfect!!
Have a beautiful weekend my friend!

Linda/patchwork said...

Brown pelicans are one of my favorites. They are fun to watch, aren't they?

Kim Stevens said...

I couldn't agree more and probably my favorite. Wonderful capture!!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I LOVE pelicans. The brown pelican is the state bird of Louisiana. :) I didn't realize how resourceful they can be. Thanks for the info.

As for your photo, this is absolutely stunning. He looks larger than life here. Well taken!

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