Friday Lens Affair #66

Pelican, Florida, US

Today I’m featuring an extremely bubbly Girl, Meg Jerrard from Mapping Megan Blog and her photograph of a pelican from Florida somehow. She has many of really great pictures on her site! You should have a look yourself. Or follow her on Twitter and Facebook! I already do :)

Somehow this one caught my eye! Do I like birds? I guess yes. Maybe even more than I realize! I like to watch them. As a total adrenaline and freedom seeker I think it would be quite spectacular to be able to fly!

Picture Story: Pelican in Florida, US

He sat there, on the edge of the jetty rope, scouring the water for signs of fish; his beady eyes focused intensely. All of a sudden, with no warning, he pulled an acrobatic plunge, head first into the water. He emerged seconds later with his spacious bill full of fresh catch. He didn’t care that the water was shallow, he was re-emerging with his dinner no matter the cost.

The Pelican is an incredibly interesting bird to watch, and watching them gather food is a spectacular sight. They crash into the water from dramatic heights, and fill their large bill with what will be dinner later that night. The brown Pelican is one of Florida’s most iconic images – you will find them all over America’s sunshine state, floating along fish cleaning stations, and waddling along piers and docks.

One of the largest birds in North America, they have a nine-foot wingspan when in flight; watching them fly gracefully and in formation is just as spectacular a sight as watching them gather their food.

So yes, come to Florida for it’s year round sunshine, palm trees, and white sand beaches – but while on those beaches, don’t be alarmed if you see a Pelican dive-bomb into the sea!


22 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #66

  1. Peter

    It’s a really good picture! I love it, thanks for sharing!

  2. melody

    What a cool shot! It would be neat to see a pelican in person.

  3. Great close up picture. Great to see Megan featured! Like you Marysia I’ve been following Megan’s blog for a while and agree with all you say about how great her site is :-)

  4. Chris Boothman

    Really cool picture here! I remember us visiting Tampa and St. Pete Beach in Florida and seeing a lot of pelicans just wandering around the seafront. They really are interesting characters and almost boast a lot of confidence about them as they strut around the promenades. But you know they deserve to be there as much as we do so fair play to them I say.

    • Oh not only the deserve to be there I think we as people ought to respect and protect nature!
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  5. SJ

    I hope that he is not planning on diving in without first observing the sigh :)

    • Ha ha ha I think they do not need signs to know how the water is but I found this picture great because of this combination of the pelican and the sign!
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  6. Samantha

    Haha what a funny pelican. There are lots here in CR but they’re so ugly lol

  7. I love bird-watching in Florida as well!! This photo captures the pelican perfectly!! Great shot!!

  8. I really like watching pelicans as well…and this is a great shot! :)
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  9. What a fun shot of the pelican perched on the rope. I hope it can read the sign, in case it takes a quick dive for lunch.
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    • Ha ha ha, I have chosen this picture because of this sign… Pelican seems to be considering to dive in …

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  10. We are actually headed to Florida in two weeks and pelicans are on our list. The boys will be enthralled I’m sure :-)
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  11. They are very interesting birds, I got to really appreciate them when I spent time in South America. Here I like how the light and color have enveloped his head.
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    • Pelicans are very special animals with huge present in mythology and popular culture, they are quiet mysterious!
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