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Matt K.
05-18-2012, 11:48 PM
His beak holds more food than his belly can
He can stuff in his beak
Enough food for a week
I wonder how the hell he can?


Went to Wyndham-Carseland Provincial Park on a lark. Found out there are a pile of Pelicans there, mainly because of the weir, methinks. They sit there waiting for the fish to flip up, so it seems ... anyway, here's a bunch of them


During the breeding period they develop this funny "rudder" on their beaks ... and I though this was to keep them straight while flying ...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7225/7224717278_82eb44b092_h.jpg

There's four of them

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8165/7224716944_b524027348_h.jpg

This one's taking off ...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7071/7224716618_0e466e2fa9_h.jpg

this one shows me how much he/she thinks of me ...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7233/7224716376_0ab3ae5392_h.jpg

incoming ....

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7238/7224715908_c9e6b465e2_h.jpg

Just cruisin' .....

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5118/7224715594_4449b251d9_b.jpg

checking for supper ....

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7228/7224715408_62e75fbddf_h.jpg

just wanna see if I can get my belly wet ....

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7228/7224715104_11b73280d8_h.jpg

Hillbillygirl
05-19-2012, 06:47 AM
Nice set Matt. Really likin' the take-off, but that head-on shot is awesome. Well done on all. Btw, really like the narrative also.

edG
05-19-2012, 03:45 PM
very cool captures, really like #3

AntZ
05-19-2012, 05:26 PM
Very cool series. The in flight shot are fabulous.

mbrager
05-19-2012, 07:14 PM
Nice find. I like the group shot and the second last in-air shot. Very stately birds for being so awkward looking.

vyeko
05-19-2012, 07:45 PM
Great set.Specially like 1,2,5 and 6.

Matt K.
05-21-2012, 07:05 PM
Hey thanks all for the kind words .... they are clumsy bird, for sure .. but they do fly very gracefully

Michaelaw
05-21-2012, 07:44 PM
One of my all time favorite birds...Very nice captures:thumbup:

Marko
05-22-2012, 09:34 AM
lovely set! - faves are shots 2 and 3

jude01
05-22-2012, 12:58 PM
Wonderful set. # 2 & 6 are my favs

Andrew
05-22-2012, 08:02 PM
The best Pelican photo I ever saw was a close-up from a bit above. The Pelican had its beak open a couple of inches and you could see right into the pouch where there was a pigeon with a bewildered look on its face about to become lunch. It left an impression but yours are nicer.

aubintbay
05-22-2012, 10:23 PM
Great set! Like the head on shot a whole lot!

Runmonty
05-23-2012, 09:07 PM
Really good set. It is interesting to see the variation in everyone's favorites. Mine are 2 & 7.

asnow
05-24-2012, 11:13 PM
Cool set. I guess we are all different. 2 & 3 for me.