Appreciating Deeply, Laughing Frequently, Nature Videos Mid-Week Movie #4: Pelicans in the Mist 06 September 2017 05 October 2017 Birds The fun never stops. This week: Working with two music tracks Finding and using a sound effect Learning more about timing And, of course, those magnificent birds! Sunflowers, Ottawa and Petersfield Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone 8 Comments barbara carlson 10 September 2017 at 6:44 pm 3 years ago pelicans in the mist … more like red mist descending. HaHa Isabel Gibson 10 September 2017 at 6:50 pm 3 years ago Barbara – I haven’t seen that usage for “anger” before. Laurna Tallman 10 September 2017 at 7:21 pm 3 years ago Very clever, Isabel. You have succeeded in producing continuity in a fantastic narrative. The comedic lines sometimes distract from their magnificence and the artistry of some of your photos. These birds deserve both memes and you have caught them deftly. Isabel Gibson 10 September 2017 at 7:51 pm 3 years ago Laurna – Thanks kindly. Very kindly. Mary 11 September 2017 at 8:40 am 3 years ago Isabel, you found a gaggle or horde or herd of pelicans to play with! Wow, for your pictures and your movie! Isabel Gibson 11 September 2017 at 10:04 am 3 years ago Mary – I did! On two days in a row – and I bet they’re still there, fishing just below the dam. Glad you enjoyed it. Jim Taylor 12 September 2017 at 12:00 pm 3 years ago For me, the most iconic image of pelicans (which, I admit, I have never managed to catch on camera) is the “splat” as they hit the water fishing — beak open, wings and legs flailing. It’s not like a gannet, which goes in like a javelin. Or like ducks and geese, who come in with landing gear extended. It’s more like a feathered mistake, from which the pelican emerges with its beak filled with water. And when the water drains off, presto, there’s a fish in there somewhere! Jim T Isabel Gibson 12 September 2017 at 12:14 pm 3 years ago Jim – We saw them diving/fishing in the Galapagos (starting from about 20 feet in the air- maybe more) and you’re right, it’s very impressive. (It makes you wonder whether pelicans can be concussed.) Alas, I’ve never caught it in a photo, either. These were on a river so there was no diving from a great height, just a very intent circling and then, sploosh, ass over teakettle, as they ducked down to try to catch a fish. Comments are closed.