Dive! Dive! Dive!

My latest self-imposed bird-in-flight photo challenge is to get these exact same shots, but sharp.

Detailed.  In nice light . . .

Pelican hovering in mid-air, landing gear dangling.
Checking right . . .
Pelican hovering in mid-air, landing gear dangling.
All clear to the left . . .
Pelican flipping into diving mode.
Cowabunga!

Appropriately enough, a friend recently sent me this statement, attributed to Winston Churchill: likely falsely, lamentably, but apropos for this post nonetheless.

Success consists of going from failure to failure
without loss of enthusiasm.
Origin unknown

 

 

10 Comments

  1. Jim Taylor

    The dive of a pelican is one of the joys of the tropics, to me. All you need now is a picture of the splash in a tangle of feathers, wings, beak, and feet — which somehow, seconds later, sorts itself out into a pelican again.
    Jim T

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Jim T – I do have a (distant) pelican splash – nothing much visible except a wing sticking up. I’ll add it to my wishlist! How they hit so hard and don’t break their necks or incur concussions is an interesting question.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Laurna – And if I’d been close enough to get it sharp, I might have been too far away to keep up with the moving bird, so it’s good for me to appreciate what I did get!

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Marilyn – Such craziness . . . Apparently his white cousin (found across our own Prairies, for example) feeds by dipping down and slurping-up food. Much more sensible!

  2. Alison

    I was interested to hear about the differences in eating habits. I’ve learned a lot about pelicans thanks to you! And I’m hoping the knowledge will come in handy sometime?

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Alison – Of curse, you might want to check with an actual, you know, expert, but that’s what I think I read. And yes, I’m sure it will come in handy. Exactly how, I’m not quite as sure.

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