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    The Story of the Brown Pelican

    I was watching this Brown Pelican catching breakfast. He was the only one around and seemed to be have significant success.

    Rising from a catch. I just could not believe the strenght of these birds to lift themselves in flight straight off the water.

    The Story of the Brown Pelican

    Searching for another....

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    Target spotted...

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    The dive...

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    I've had enough now...

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    Re: The Story of the Brown Pelican

    Hi,
    For my eyes first is somewhat near that
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    and "the dive" as that
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    Sorry!
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    Re: The Story of the Brown Pelican

    Thanks Radu,

    While I do enjoy your work and style Radu I do find most of it oversaturated - but it might just be my screen.

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    Re: The Story of the Brown Pelican

    Your photos look excellent to me, Peter.

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    I'm envious that you get to see birds like this feeding like that - a great set of action shots and a wonderful close up...it looks very pleased with itself too Lol. As an aside..we (mankind) have a long way to go to get anywhere near the flight capabilities of birds in general.I expect a scientist/flight engineer could work out the energy/power needed for the pelican to take off out of water and some of the fish will be weighty too.I saw a TV programme recently about the Osprey and White-Tailed eagle catching fish... amazing.

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    Re: The Story of the Brown Pelican

    Nice series Peter, well done - but I'm with John (envious)

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    Thanks guys. It was a pleasure to just be in the middle of nowhere and watch this bird free wheelin' around the sky. It's funny you know but the other 7 or 8 people just stood around talking and dind't notice a thing and this show went on for 15 minutes or more.

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    Re: The Story of the Brown Pelican

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Ryan View Post
    Thanks guys. It was a pleasure to just be in the middle of nowhere and watch this bird free wheelin' around the sky. It's funny you know but the other 7 or 8 people just stood around talking and dind't notice a thing and this show went on for 15 minutes or more.
    I find exactly the same thing here, Peter.

    The coastal path winds it's way around the cliff tops with spectacular scenery and wildlife ranging from gulls and hawks to tiny brightly coloured insects. And 90% of people just look straight ahead and keep walking no matter what happens around them.

    And the women (sorry if I offend anybody) collect in a gaggle and talk incessantly about everything except the scenery or wildlife.

    Most people wear very bright clothing and have those 'ski sticks' in their hands, and just concentrate on the path ahead. while walking at a 'dedicated rate'

    Now, I spend most of my time on the forgotten overgrown paths just inland from the main routes where I can relax and watch the world on my own. And I am finding quite a few uncommon insects just by looking around me.

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    I love brown pelicans!! We have been taking family vacations to the Cape Fear area of North Carolina USA, since 1990. I'm put in mind of pterodactyls or something when they fly overhead. And the way that they skim just above the waves is wonderful.
    Unfortunately, I don't have any decent photos to share.

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    Re: The Story of the Brown Pelican

    No Pelicans out here. Nice series Peter.

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    Re: The Story of the Brown Pelican

    Thanks George and Paul. We do not have the Brown Pelican 'down under'. Here is the Australian Pelican.

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    Re: The Story of the Brown Pelican

    Very nice series.

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    Thanks Bobo.

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    Re: The Story of the Brown Pelican

    Hello Peter. Very nice series! I feel your joy.

    Most people are not very artistic thinking. I view everything through art eyes. Most people don't see. Many are caught up in their lives and miss the view and possibilities around them. I had to stop expecting everyone to see the beauty. They just don't understand. I feel blessed. I know you all do too. Good work Peter! Is work the right word?

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    I tell the tax man it is work but just great fun and a joy to behold for me.

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