Friday, October 3, 2008

The Bathing Pelicans

I needed to get out and really wanted to take some pics today so I decided to go to the zoo. When I got over to where the pelicans were it was a real treat for me to see one of them playing in the water. I thought it would be one of those incidents where you'd better snap it quickly because it might not do it again, but it was doing some serious bathing around the waterfall.



I had a field day trying to get just the right shot. So there are going to be several shots out of the many I took. I just had too many favorites to keep this short.


After they got through bathing they got out and began to go through this preening ritual and wing flapping to dry off that afforded me the opportunity to take some really great shots. At least I think they're great.





I wish I could share them all but I'm not even going to tell you how many pelican shots I've added to my library. LOL!

20 comments:

Greyscale Territory said...

These pics are all so lovely! I can see why you had a problem choosing a favourite!

And you have presented them in such a way that they look like paintings with extra lines for definition! Or maybe it is just your pelicans look so different from our Australian ones!

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Nice shots, you have captured the character of these birds very well.

June said...

Pelicans are one of my favorite birds...great shots all, but my favorite "photograph" is the last one.

roentarre said...

Fantastic captures.

These shots do reveal how vivid and active pelicans are

Wren said...

I love these - so like the sparrows splashing in the backyard birdbath, only larger.

Arija said...

This guy is so intent on his ablutions! You got in some great shots. Like your skywatch photos too, but these enthralled me.

The Holleys said...

Wow! Great shots. I've never seen a real one before.

Darla said...

You did a wonderful job capturing the Pelicans. I would have looked at all of the pictures.

Mary said...

Wow...those are really great shots! I love the ones with the wings all spread out. These are all so good! They seem to be having a lot of fun :-)

Mary said...

Oh what great shots! I would have been taking hundreds of pics, too. A terrific series!

A New England Life said...

What a handsome bird! I just love the last picture with the demure look ; )

SAPhotographs said...

You have captured them wonderfully 2sweetnsaxy. I find the zoo is always a great place to spend some time as the antics of some of the animals make me smile. Maybe I should go there tomorrow myself!!

Leedra said...

These are great, looks like you really had a good time at the zoo.

Jayne said...

How fun! I absolutely LOVE that last photo of the pelican!!

piedmontperspective said...

What can I say? These are awesome! The detail is incredible in the last photo.

Paz said...

very, very cool!

paz

kjpweb said...

HA! I can imagine! Aren't they fun?
Cheers, Klaus

BNS said...

Wow, you really got some great pelican shots. They are such neat birds.

Nick S said...

Beautiful ! We get the White one's here. A Brown Pelican would be very rare

T.R. said...

You've got some amazing shots there!