The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Brown Pelican, Tomales Bay, CA.


Really cool birds.

Socializing
Preening
Rock hopping
Which another either welcomed, warned off or found funny.
In flight they are graceful creatures.
And I just love this limerick:

A wonderful bird is a pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican
He can take in his beak
Food for a week;
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
by Dixon Lanier Merritt (1910)



Hilarious.
Meanwhile this loner is not amused in the least.



This is linked to Springman's Pine River Review World Bird Wednesday

28 comments:

  1. Fantastic shots! I love the rock hopping and the "laughing"! Great photos!

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  2. Great captures of some beauties. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. Such funny, yet beautiful birds. Thank you for sharing them.

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  4. Wonderful birds to see John...thanks for sharing your lovely local birds...
    I have been lucky enough to see pelicans in Florida but they were a bit dull compared to these beauties.

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  5. Great photos. Pelicans are always fun to watch and photograph.

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  6. those birds are totally hilarious. I like the rock hopping one, and them the other one laughing at him. Top set of photos
    Shaun

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  7. Really enjoyed seeing your pelicans; so different to the whites I watched for ages on the weekend. The yawning shots are quite unique too; well done!

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  8. Amazing looks! The shots with their great beaks reared back and wide open are hard to believe. I love to watch them fishing too. I've got pelican fever.
    Cheers!

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  9. you're too cute! love these shots!

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  10. They are indeed colorful. I love that 'jumping for joy' shot on the rock. Nice wings!
    A wonderful series of shots!!

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  11. Hi John...These are just great ..enjoyed every one of them!!
    They are funny,odd, beautiful, and amusing!!
    Grace

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  12. Gorgeous in their breeding plumage John. Awesome shots of these beauties. I really enjoyed the bill up captures!

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  13. These are fantastic captures! I love pelicans and have never seen them look so colorful. Great series!

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  14. Awesome shots. They have great color.

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  15. Great images. I don't see the color when they are cruising out over the ocean. I hope we can get some ocean birding in before the month is out.

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  16. What a fun find for you out at the coast. I would of liked seeing these characters. You took some great photos.

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  17. Hi there - great set of pictures. Your pelicans are much more colourful than ours.

    At had not thought that my Magpie Lark looked like a Holstein! However, it did remind me of one of my favourite cartoons!

    Google "The Holstein’s visit the Grand Canyon" if you don’t know the one I mean!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  18. First time I've had the pleasure of viewing this unusually-colored pelican. Gorgeous photos, really. They have so much personality!

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  19. Immaculate pictures John, well done.

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  20. I love their yellow face and orange throat. Great captures.

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  21. What a bird, beautiful. A very beautiful set of pictures. Great photo work.

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  22. I bet I could sit and watch these cool birds for hours. :)

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  23. They really are cool. Wonderful photography!

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  24. This photos are fantastic, What beautiful birds!!!!

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  25. Such a terrific series -- one of my favorite birds!

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