Appreciating Deeply, Photos of Fauna Brown Pelican, Huntington Beach State Park SC 12 April 2016 04 October 2017 Birds It’s possible that I have whined in these pages about the difficulty of getting good photographs of small birds. Bigger birds are better. Not good, necessarily, but better. And sometimes, it just makes sense to adapt the medium to the subject. Save Billboards, Boots, and Beans Red Knot, Naples FL 4 Comments Jim Taylor 17 April 2016 at 11:15 am 4 years ago Once upon a time, Joan and I used to spend part of our winters in the Caribbean, or similar. I watched pelicans (brown? I don’t remember anymore) fishing. They fly along, big and more or less graceful birds — all birds in flight look graceful to me — but their fish-catching habit was anything but graceful. They hit the water in a Beetle-Bailey tangle of neck and bill and wings, which eventually resolved itself into a pelican sitting on the water with a beakful of… of… well, who knows. But it swallowed it anyway, and then lifted off in search of more things to crashwater on. Jim T Isabel Gibson 17 April 2016 at 1:02 pm 4 years ago Jim – I wonder why all of those diving-from-a-height birds don’t smash their brain cases when they hit the water. But I think pelicans are even funnier when coming in to land on water (as opposed to fishing). All of a sudden they seem to put the brakes on in a big panic, and then Sploosh! They’re down. Mary Elford 18 April 2016 at 8:55 am 4 years ago Neat photos, Isabel! Thank you for lightening my day! Isabel Gibson 18 April 2016 at 9:30 am 4 years ago Mary – Thanks! And you, mine. Comments are closed.