13 June 2012

Pod of Pelicans - getting a handout

One afternoon last week, when photographing an egret at the warm waters of the Eraring Power Outlet channel, up flew all these pelicans, right close.  Had seen them quite a distance down the channel earlier, sitting in the sunshine on the opposite side. It only took a couple of fisherman walking upto the concrete cleaning-table nearby, to start filleting their catches, to convince them to move in.

They'd been catching black-fish (the fishermen that is), and apparently the pelicans keep a vigil for this activity to take place before they pack up and head for home. I'd have loved to get some snaps of them flying in and skidding on the water like they do, but with my point and shoot only, sun on the screen, and me trying to 'find' them in it quickly; no good captures. Maybe I'll go back another day just to try and achieve this with my "other" camera.

So with a combination of late afternoon sun, sharp contrasting shadows and some over-exposure, here's the best of them to share for World Bird Wednesday.

they waiting patiently, without bickering


quivering with excitement

there it goes, but it's a snack for one only...who got lucky?





Sharing with World Bird Wednesday

26 comments:

eileeninmd said...

I love your White Pelicans. Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

The last photo is wonderful. Love the look on the face and in the eye. LOL

Carletta said...

Quite the little beggars aren't they. :)
They are beautiful and I think you got some wonderful shots!

TexWisGirl said...

so cute, lined up at the picnic table!!! :)

heyBJK said...

I actually love the combination of light and shadows! The last three portrait shots are beautiful, too!

Andrew said...

Oh wow! what a wonderful sight Carole they are beautiful birds to see up close..thanks for sharing your lovely images.

HansHB said...

I love pelicans and your photos are so good!
Happy WBW to you!

Dianne said...

They're such quaint creatures ... So that's what a group of pelicans is called ... A pod!

Gary said...

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

Nadege, said...

Wonderful captures. I love the second to last shot.

mick said...

Great photos of the pelicans. They are always fun to watch. The single bird against the waters of the lake is especially beautiful.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Never seen a pelican foto that didn't put a smile on my face. Love these birds. Your little point and click does a great job. I know what you mean by the sun on the screen. Many a picture with mine with the sun blaring on the screen is just hoping for the best.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

These are great photos, Carole. I love how they are waiting so patiently for a handout.

CameraCruise said...

Wonderful photos of the pelicans.

NatureStop said...

Carole,
Great shots of the Pelicans. Have a great day!

Shantana

Jan Castle said...

Always hungry...but oh so cute! Do you really think 'their beak can hold more than their belly can'...this what my Mother always told me! LOL
Paper Hugs,
Jan

Linda said...

What amazing closeups! They really are so funny, knowing just when to come in for a visit!

Jenni said...

Lovely shots, little P and S not withstanding.Nice light..too. I am sure they have prehistoric cousins!
jenni

Liz said...

Great images of the Pelicans, Carole. I find these birds so fascinating for so many reasons - their enormous bills, the fact they can fly so effortlessly (in spite of being the Jumbo jet of the bird world), the bizzare behaviour of turning their bills inside out (I plan to post my shots of that next week). They are quite incredible!

Hilke Breder said...

Those are gorgeous images, Carole! I don't think of pelicans being so benign anymore ever since I watched on YouTube one picking up a pigeon next to it on the pavement and swallowing it whole!

Pat said...

Such great shots of these interesting birds!

Kathie Brown said...

I love the colors in the gorgeous birds!

Laura said...

Your pelican shots are so much FUN!!! You really captured their anticipation! Thanks!

Sharyl said...

Oh my gosh! I thought these were fantastic...and they kept getting better and Better,.. until at the end I'm sure I could just reach out my hand and touch that one in front of me if I dared!

Dave said...

Lovely brute of a bird. And like others who have commented a great series, again I like the last image best

Lyn S said...

Pelicans are such an odd looking bird, quite unique! Fabulous photos Carole!