More pelicans

Discussion in 'Photography' started by AxisOfBeagles, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. The comment in the earlier thread about father mackenzie's perlican
    photo made me lauch - someone said "what, does he need to see the
    feathers?". Reminded me of a snapshot I took a long time back.

    Some years ago in the Baja I was strolling the shoreline on a gray,
    drizzling day. A large flock of pelicans were working some baitfish
    near the shore, and amongst other pictures, I caught one of a diving
    pelican - in which you can indeed see the feathers.

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2327/2383581482_75f406aa26.jpg?v=0
     
    AxisOfBeagles, Apr 4, 2008
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  2. Nice.

    I've tried to get that kind of shot, and it's not easy.

    I got this one, though, a couple of years ago. It's a California
    scofflaw pelican (C. poacheria). :)

    http://blinkynet.net/stuff/poacher.jpg
     
    Blinky the Shark, Apr 5, 2008
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Blinky the Shark
    says...
    Nice. :)
     
    Rob Morley, Apr 5, 2008
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  4. Now, if I'd only sneaked around to his lit side... :-/

    But it was still nice to be there at the right time.
     
    Blinky the Shark, Apr 5, 2008
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  5. AxisOfBeagles

    Rob Morley Guest

    Blinky the Shark
    says...
    The colours, textures and composition are attractive, it's amusing - if
    you'd moved you could have lost the shot. And he is after all a shady
    character. :)
     
    Rob Morley, Apr 6, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    tony cooper, Apr 6, 2008
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  7. Yes, he is. Reminds me of some of my ex-inlaws, that way.

    I did get a nice portrait that day.

    http://blinkynet.net/stuff/peliport.jpg

    Naturally, these are downsized and compressed from the originals, for
    online useage.
     
    Blinky the Shark, Apr 6, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    Nope. Lottsa squirrely people though. We post guards on the pier to
    watch out for them, though.

    http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/cooper213/guardduty.jpg
     
    tony cooper, Apr 6, 2008
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  9. Nice. And with that coloration, you didn't have to worry about
    something like that small bit of white that blew out in mine.
    Must've been a mutant. :)
    Looks like focus fell on the head of the upstage bird. More DOF and you'd
    have been in like Flynn.

    Got any of these out on the beach on your end (I'm shooting California)?

    http://blinkynet.net/stuff/beachsq.jpg
     
    Blinky the Shark, Apr 6, 2008
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  10. They do look alert, too.

    I like the crossed pelicans idea. Worthy of a coat of arms, a pair of
    those crossed pelicans be. :)

    Out here the pelicans subcontract sand pickets to walk the beach itself
    looking for things untoward. Actually, I saved this one because I love
    the reflection of the bird in the wet sand -- it looks painted.
    Unexpected impressionism. I wish I'd got it all, dammit.

    http://blinkynet.net/stuff/picket.jpg

    *Something's* got his feathers ruffled. I hope it's just a strong breeze
    from astern.
     
    Blinky the Shark, Apr 6, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    The reason that birds don't breed with birds of other species is that
    foreplay can be awkward. Your bird, and my bird at:
    http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/cooper213/bird005.jpg couldn't
    even be kissing cousins.

    It was raining yesterday, and I saw a hawk sitting on a fairway of the
    golf course that I live on. By the time I got the camera out, the
    hawk was gone. There must have been 25 of these fellows (White Ibis)
    on the fairway looking for morsels that came up with the rain.

    Hawks are often seen in my neighborhood, but I've yet to get a good
    picture of one. My longest lens is 200mm, and hawks are skittish.
    Out near the St John's (river), they wait and watch on telephone
    lines, but a 200mm won't get you close enough to get any detail even
    at that distance.

    The Osprey is another hard-to-photograph Florida bird with only a
    200mm. Often seen, but difficult to get near.
     
    tony cooper, Apr 6, 2008
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  12. I'm no birder, but my picketbird seems to be a long-billed curlew.

    http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Long-billed_Curlew_dtl.html#map
    Ah! I was going to ask you what that was.

    When I was a yoot in the Midwest we used to get nightcrawlers up by
    driving a pitchfork into the yard and "twanging" the handle. The
    vibrations apparently made the worms come up to see what was going on.
    There's a place I go in the desert where I get a look at circling
    (hunting) red-tailed hawks -- from above them. I don't have enough glass
    to take advantage of that opportunity, though.
    Are you a birder?
     
    Blinky the Shark, Apr 6, 2008
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    tony cooper Guest

    No. I shoot whatever passes in front of the lens that looks
    interesting.

    Some years back we vacationed in Kenya and went to some of the game
    parks. One of the parks was Lake Baringo which is noted for the
    number of birds that can be spotted there. The birders, or twitchers,
    had amazing amounts of equipment. Lenses that looked like small
    artillery pieces, multiple camera bodies with different types of film
    (it was a few years ago), and tripods that were as sturdy as cell
    towers.
     
    tony cooper, Apr 7, 2008
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