Striking a pose at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

 

What to do, what to do? @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

What to do, what to do? @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

After posting a few stories about pelicans already, it is tough to come up with an entertaining storyline. However, it is just as hard for me to ignore the colourful photos of pelicans I took here at Evans Head.

Saturated colour spectrum @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Saturated colour spectrum @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The blue sky background is just striking. Adding sharp colours and extravagant behaviour from pelicans to it, resulted in hundreds of photos. This leaves me in my usual predicament. It is just too overwhelming to choose which photos to use for this post.

Just another sitting @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Just another sitting @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

When I had the chance, I changed my camera settings.

Shadow stripes in paintings @  Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Shadow stripes in paintings @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The painting setting deepened the shadow lines and outlined them more obvious.

Comical  in paintings @  Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Comical in paintings @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It also adds a comical factor.

Clear sepia @  Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Clear sepia @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sepia captured the birds clearly.

I like everything about this photo @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I like everything about this photo @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But in these sunny conditions, my favourite setting is obvious. No matter what camera setting I used though, the result was fabulous either way. In my humble opinion anyway.

Golden hour’s colours @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Golden hour’s colours @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The so-called photographic ‘Golden Hour’ appears twice a day within sunny conditions. It is the time just after the sun had risen and the time just before the sunlight fades to complete darkness.

Saturated colours with the sun @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Saturated colours with the sun @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Another important photographic factor is to decide on the angle of the sun. Keeping the sunlight behind you intensifies the pelican’s distinguished colours within a saturated deep blue.

Pointing towards the sun @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Pointing towards the sun @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Pointing your camera towards the sun outlined the object’s core. Both resulted in amazing photos. I was lucky to experience this colour spectrum several times. I will, therefore, illustrate the early morning procedure in this post, and the afternoon spectacle will be filed in a different log.

Early morning glory @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Early morning glory @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The sun had just risen over the horizon as the first sunlight appears over the headland. First warming sun rays had just enough glare to deepen the bird’s colours in saturating blue sky. The deep blue alone would be worth taking a photo of. But if you have a flock of pelicans posing for you, the objective is quite simple.

Enjoying warming sun rays  @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Enjoying warming sun rays @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Drying off is the first priority. There’s nothing like that sun-warming sensation after a chilly night.

Itchy and scratchy @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Itchy and scratchy @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Regardless, if one is fed and just returned from the brackish waters, a good body clean is necessary.

Flexible combination @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Flexible combination @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The immensely flexible neck juggles a beak of the same size.

Underbelly scratch @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Underbelly scratch @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This combination is extremely versatile.

Beak disappearance @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Beak disappearance @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Even though, neck and beak seem to disappear in some photos. Peek-a-boo!

Hooked on feathers @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Hooked on feathers @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The sharp hook at the end of the beak is most definitely the best scratching tool for these birds.

Back scratch dynamics @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Back scratch dynamics @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Being able to reach almost every part of their feathered body results in fascinating poses.

All smiles @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

All smiles @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

To scratch your back in this manner must be heavenly, as the smile suggests.

Dislodged @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Dislodged @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Other postures just look odd.

Clumsy? @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Clumsy? @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Or clumsy.

Yet another different view @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Yet another different view @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Either position is just as amusing. It is very much of a balancing act too.

Stable platform @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Stable platform @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The flat light platform seems to be the preferred option over the round pipe. But either pelican is managing quite well.

Gripping @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Gripping @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The pelican’s webbed feet actually have a ‘finger’ pointing backwards. This acts as a thumb and enables pelicans to hold on tightly to slippery or round surfaces.

Body scratch @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Body scratch @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Wherever even the rotating neck/beak combination can’t reach, there is another option.

Physical laws @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Physical laws @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The foot scratch. Physical laws are well calculated throughout this corrective act.

Balance act @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Balance act @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The centre of body mass is well in balance as the foot moves towards the head without difficulty.

Almost there @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Almost there @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Wait for it!

Classic @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Classic @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Who can do that on a shitty pole?

Lookout!  @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Lookout! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sitting high above the vantage line, nothing seems to miss their attention. Pelicans are always looking out for opportunities.

Wide eyes reflex @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Wide eyes reflex @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Opening their beak seems to intensify their eyes automatically. This could be a muscular reflex.

Every step I take! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Every step I take! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Every now and then, a quick check-up on my doing is noticed. And it doesn’t matter which part of their body was confronting my camera.

Keeping a watch on aerial activities @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Keeping a watch on aerial activities @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

From up there, nothing goes unnoticed.

Enjoy.the silence  @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Enjoy.the silence @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The ones that already finished their morning clean up, enjoyed the warming sun.

Resting hour @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Resting hour @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

If that was too stressful, a bit of shut-eye was stimulated.

No shit! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

No shit! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He won’t be taking any shite from anyone, he’s got plenty of his own.

A different view @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A different view @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Being right under the lamp post gave me an interesting view on a pelican’s bottom.

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Nothing like a good shake some times. It loosens the feather frock quite well.

Peaking the beak  @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Peaking the beak @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A rather curious look from this angle. But, it didn’t go unnoticed.

I spy with my big eye! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I spy with my big eye! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He didn’t only keep a good eye out for me. There was a lot of traffic in the air.

Incoming @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Incoming @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sometimes, neighbours fly in for a chat.

Oh no, not that guy! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Oh no, not that guy! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But so early mornings?

‘This Spot is taken!’ @;Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

‘This Spot is taken!’ @;Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There really is no need for this kinda behaviour, is there?

’I had a big night out and eaten too much!’ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

’I had a big night out and eaten too much!’ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Where have you been all night?

‘Did you save any for me or do I have to get my own breakfast?’ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

‘Did you save any for me or do I have to get my own breakfast?’ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

No breakfast in bed again? He couldn’t tolerate this ignorant behaviour any longer.

 ’This is my spot! And when I come back, I will land there again!’. Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

’This is my spot! And when I come back, I will land there again!’. Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This pelican pointed out a few valuable factors.

‘Keep your pants on, mate!’ @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

‘Keep your pants on, mate!’ @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Off he flew into the blue sky

Outgoing! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Outgoing! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Scanning through my photos after a busy photo session is always like a ‘kid in a candy store-moment’ for me.

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Re-living and knowing, that these joyful times are recorded forever. As it is for other photo enthusiasts. Fabulous. 

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