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Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Pelican Brief

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"Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week.
But I'm darned if I know how the helican."

Dixon Lanier Merritt
(1879-1972)


There are eight species of pelicans in the world, all of which are similar in shape and are primarily white in colour (with the exception of the Brown Pelican). The pelicans featured in this post are the only white pelicans in North America and are called the American White Pelicans.

Pelicans are among the larger and heavier birds in the world, so they are very impressive in flight. Their bodies are mostly white, with black primaries and outer secondaries, which are hidden until the bird outstretches it's enormous wings.

52 comments:

  1. Those were some awesome pics of Pelicans...and a lot of kewl information about em too...

    Thanks...

    Even the previous post on Lorikeets was amazing....I always dreamed of having em as pets...but then, dont wanna keep someone in cage too ....

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  2. My heart stuttered when I looked at the pics :)1st Lorikeets now Pelicans
    lovely lovely post :) I heard about the food saving thing isn't it amazing? Loved the pics of flocking birds :)


    Stay Beautiful...!

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  3. Another wonderful post from you Ari!
    Just beautiful!
    Incredible pictures of the pelicians!
    Great info too!
    You always make me smlie with your
    lovely posts!

    Thanks Ari!

    Margie:)

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  4. Awesome series Ari. Each photo is a winner in itself. I love the one of the pelican in flight over the seagulls.
    Have a great weekend and keep up the good work.

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  5. Loved all these pics of the pelicans especially of the one in flight and also the baby pelicans. cannot imagine the bill can hold that much of water.thanks for sharing these awesome pics and also all this info.

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  6. Very very nice shots. Love all of them.

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  7. cada vez me sorprenden más y mejor estos reportajes, y tan bien documentados.
    La fotografías están secuenciadas de manera que pueden sugerir tiernos toques de humor, como es el caso de los pelícanos pescando.
    Están vivas. Estas fotografías están vivas, Ari.
    ¡Abrazos!

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  8. I literally love your pelican pictures :D I enjoy the one taken in flight and the groups :)

    Amazing!

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  9. Great pictures as usual. You must ve really put in a lot of effort and research to get these amazing pics and all this information. Thanx for sharing.

    The previous post was awesome as well. Looking forward to ur wildlife series.

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  10. You must know a lot about birds to take such good pictures.

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  11. "Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
    His bill holds more than his belican.
    He can take in his beak
    Enough food for a week.
    But I'm darned if I know how the helican."

    Dixon Lanier Merritt
    (1879-1972)

    HAH! Love this one...

    Ari (um, are you a he or a she? :S Sorry, not a clue!), every time I visit your blog, I find myself saying the same things... but the pics really are beautiful. Sigh.

    It must have taken a lot of patience and skill to capture them without any blurring, giving such crisp and clear photographs...

    Taking these pictures was quite a challenge for me as these wild birds are not used to the presence of humans and fly away at the slightest movement and noise. After a lot of planning, patience, multiple visits and researching the pelicans, i was able to get them in their natural environment. Wildlife photography is fun and i will be posting more pictures of wildlife soon. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as i enjoyed shooting the pelicans. - I did! I am not much of a wildlife 'photographer' (if I must attach a name to the thing I do... lol) - more of a 'pretty views photographer', but these - lovely!!

    Please keep them coming, lol... am glad I found a pretty photography blog! :)

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  12. arz000n, thank you and welcome back :) Hope you had a fun trip eventhough you call it a business trip. :D

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  13. Sugarlips.... thank you. It is lovely to see you here. Glad you liked the pics

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  14. Margie, i am happy to bring a smile on your face :) Glad you liked them.

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  15. Photowannabe, thank you! for the nice words :) You have a great week ahead.

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  16. Lalitha, thank you :) It is unbelievable right? The pouch can stretch upto 6 inches to store food. Did you see the videos?

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  17. navin, thank you for stopping by :)

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  18. Le Mosquito,
    please pardon my bad spanish.

    Gracias por las palabras buenas. Espero que seas el hacer bueno.

    cuidado de la toma

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  19. Reflex, thank you! :) Hope things arent that hectic to you these days

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  20. Suji, long time no see. nice to see you here. Thanks for the comments. YEah, research is something i would like to do before i open my mouth ;)

    a post with only pictures is not much fun, is it? ;)

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  21. hpy, thank you. I either do my research first and then take pictures or the other way around. This way i get to learn new things. Photography has surely expanded my horizons and i have learnt a lot of things in the last couple of years.

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  22. Sunrise, its a he ;)

    Yes, it took a lot of patience. Birds are very active at sunrise as they scurry around for their breakfast. I decided to go there early one morning, but hadnt taken into account the rain from previous night. The trails were covered with slush and I was attacked by a million tiny marsh flies. They dont sting, but they get in your ears, eyes, nose, mouth and everywhere. ugggghhhh.... i was surrounded by them for 20 mins before i could run to my car.

    Another thing about the birds is to stay as far away as you can in order to get them to behave naturally. If you get closer, they would get scared and fly away. You need a really good telephoto lens to get them from far. The pictures you see are 100% crops.

    Im glad you liked them. Keep coming back, i have more ;)

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  23. Really beautifull pictures :))

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  24. Ari ....I know i have said this time and time again but your shots are awesomely great! I dont think I have ever seen a baby pelican...how cute and the first shot man is he flexible! These are just another example of your abundance of talent. VIVIDLY beautiful!

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  25. Great shots,Aamir..
    I think i've said it earlier..but wanna say it again..your blog allows us to view rare pics which we're not able to watch in the real world..thanks for that.

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  26. Your spanish is best that my very poor English, but the images speak.

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  27. the pelican in flight pictures are awesome .. what great detail is found in your pics .. amazing. I love the title .. Pelican Brief as in the movie.

    Aww smooch for sugarlips

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  28. Pelican Keshi here..hows u matey?

    Have a safe and merry holiday season!

    Keshi.

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  29. What a coincidence Aamir, I have posted a couple of pelicans in my current post in a different context. I'll post rest of the pelicans later, been pending for a long time. For the information I'll send my readers to your blog. I am too lazy to write details. Or I'll copy and paste.

    Lovely pictures here Aamir, beautiful atmosphere, its always a joy to see birds flying free. They don't have any passport like me. But they can fly and I can't.
    Here the birds do have interact with humans. They come pretty close
    Actually they were posing for me.
    'Hey man, you forgot to take my profile, what a cheap camera you got, go get a better one'

    I sincerely apologise for not visiting the blogs, things were chaotic, shifting to a new rented house, the pain of leaving my room, disconnecting the amplifiers and speakers took one full day. Still half the things are left there. have to discard many things as there is no room for them in the new house. It will take more than six months to move back to our house. I'll be on the terrace when you and S visit me next. I preferred the terrace as I need more light.
    Lots of love and hugs to you and Sl

    I love Julia Roberts. saw the movie twice for her.

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  30. Great shots as usual, man. Hope you have a great Christmas.
    Joel

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  31. mY lIfE
    Welcome to my blog and thanks for the comment.

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  32. Kimberley, you always have the nicest words for me. Thanks, they mean a lot :-)

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  33. G, thank you. Good to see you back.

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  34. Le Mosquito, :) Your english is good :) Yeah, a picture is worth a 1000 words.

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  35. Priyankari, thank you! Hope things have slowed down for you now.

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  36. Hey my pretty pelican, im doing good. :) You too take care. Im hopping over to your blog soon.

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  37. Rauf, thank you. Your pelicans looks different from mine, are bigger and rounder than what you see here. Maybe the american pelicans are health conscious and work out to maintain the slim figure :)

    Sure, feel free to link this post to yours :) Im glad you find this informaiton useful.

    Hope things have slowed down for you now. Im not sure when i would meet you, but looks like sometime in the next two years. Take care.

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  38. hpy, Merry Christmas to you too!

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  39. Joel, thank you. Merry Christmas to you too!

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  40. Ash, thank you. Merry Christmas to you too!

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  41. Lovely pictures from Pelican.
    Thanks for the view.
    Take care

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  42. Wow !
    what wonderful shots of birds!
    I like your photoblog. I ill create a link with mine, if OK for you.

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  43. laurent, welcome to my blog and thanks for the comment.

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  44. franco, welcome to my blog. I dont mind. You can link me up for sure :)

    Thanks for the comment and see you around.

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  45. Ari: I wonder how I missed this post. Just awesome buddy:-)) My favo' last of 3rd.

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  46. I just have to say that them kodak moments I've been looking at brings back happy memories!
    I sit back with excitement and tears looking at this priceless art! It's funny how a simple picture when seen can tell a whollllleeee story! haha well hey guys thanks so much for sharing, sometimes people need an enlightment of visual beauty to uplift the soul, and this sure did do the job!

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