20 February 2013

Pelican


Sunrise from the other side of the lake, a photo taken two years back (this blog post)
 
That was then, and this was last week, when I was hoping for some late morning snapshots by the water.  Knew that the skies were indicating a change in weather, but there might've been enough time to get something out of  the visit, perhaps.
 
 
well there wasn't really, as it turned out.  By the time I parked the car, and opened up the door against the wind with camera in hand, it started raining again.  The speedboat in the distance was definitely in a hurry to get somewhere...maybe he too was planning on keeping dry.
 

 
 grey skies and Casuarina (She-oak)
 
I figured if I drove down the coast some, that by the time I got there, perhaps the showers might've disappeared for a while.
 

 
I was glad to see a lone pelican was sitting on a post at the little jetty at Budgewoi.  No sooner I'd pulled up when again, the showers started, enough to dampen me off and made it so that I could only aim the camera from a certain direction else the rain would fly onto the lens.  There was no time to stand around and wait for the best shots; it was a matter of grab what I could get and get back into the car.  I waited for some time, wondering do I drive back home or will the rain ease of in five, ten ...?  I got in and out of the car another few times between showers that really weren't going to let up.

Chestnut Teal
 

a vehicular bridge in the background
 
 
 
 

33 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

that sky photo is gorgeous! the pelican posed nicely for you, even if you were dodging rain. and the teal duck is BEAUTIFUL! such rich color!

Filip and Kristel said...

What a fantastic sun set picture, I also love the first pelican picutre.

Greetings,
Filip

Dianne said...

Some morning are like that Carole but it was worth the trip
.... you captured Mr Pelican and a beautiful Blue Teal.

"Adelaide and Beyond"

Gary said...

Beautiful sky and that pelican is incredible!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

mick said...

Great photos of the Pelican - they do get into some very interesting poses! Glad the rain lifted just enough for your photos.

eileeninmd said...

Carole, your sunrise is stunning. Gorgeous reflection and capture. And I love the Pelican, he/she is posing nicely for you. Great shots!

Valerie said...

That opening shot is breathtaking and you captured the Pelican/s beautifully. Goes to show that perseverence, patience and persistence pays off!

HansHB said...

Great close-up photos!
Well done!

Evelyn S. said...

The pelican is such a fabulous bird! You have captured so much detail, Carole!

RosC said...

Behold the honourable pelican
Whose beak holds more than his beely can!

Great pics Carole. Really enjoyed them.
Ros.

Karen said...

Stunning sunset! Love the pelicans!

Carletta said...

That sunrise reflection shot is gorgeous and your pelican closeups sharp and detailed!
Beautiful post!

Deanna said...

Well it might have been raining and certainly not as pleasant as your beautiful first photo, but I love your captures of the pelican.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Oh my... that pelican was perfect blog fodder and just sat there for you. Lovely fellow!

Pam ;) said...

That sunrise is stunning with the sailboats silhouetted against the sky. Love those pelican poses and the Chestnut Teals rich colors.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful pictures. I love that you caught the pelican in his twisty maneuvers....I am always amazed at how they can do that.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Pelicans are neat, all in their own way.

Joop Zand said...

Very good and sharp pelican photo's Carole..... and that first shot is raelly FANTASTIC.....never seen such nice colored sky.....compliments for your post.

Greetings, Joop

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures Carole, the first and eighth are my favorite.
Very well photographed.
Greetings Irma

Bob Bushell said...

I love the Pelican, you brought out it's feathers, fantastic photos.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Wow, the pelican is amazing and your photos are marvelous. The Sunrise is also fantastic. xoxo Synnöve

Stewart M said...

They are great looking birds - I can never resist just a few more pictures when I see them!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

einfachtilda said...

Das erste Bild ist so wunderschön, aber auch die Pelikane mag ich sehr.

LG Mathilda ♥

Montanagirl said...

The sky shot is stunning. And the teal duck is really pretty. But those Pelican shots are fabulous!!

Jan Castle said...

wet or not, Mr. Pelican posed nicely for you!!! TFS

Wally Jones said...

I'm partial to pelicans since we have so many around here.
Very nice images - in the rain, even!
Birding in the rain beats no birding at all!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

that 1st shot is just amazing. great views. love the pelican too. ( :

Jeanne said...

Well rain or no Carole, you did get some really amazing shots of these birds. I love that chestnut teal. Have never seen any bird quite like this. Really all of them are lovely. Hope you didn't get too wet! Best to you

Madge Bloom said...

Great series of shots... that some rough water, looks stormy... and the pelican, wow!

Johnny Nutcase said...

Ohhh! perfect sunset! And i love the pelican too!

Phil said...

Like me Carole you dread the rain and grey skies for photography but on this occasion you did great. Those pelican shots are spot on and if you hadn't said different I would have said they were shot on a good-light day.

Lisa Gordon said...

Gorgeous sunrise, and the photographs of the birds are magnificent. They look like they are posing just for you!

Filip and Kristel said...

The pelican pictures are very good but your sun set is excellent.

Greetings,
Filip