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.
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.
When I had the chance, I changed my camera settings.
The painting setting deepened the shadow lines and outlined them more obvious.
It also adds a comical factor.
Sepia captured the birds clearly.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Drying off is the first priority. There’s nothing like that sun-warming sensation after a chilly night.
Regardless, if one is fed and just returned from the brackish waters, a good body clean is necessary.
The immensely flexible neck juggles a beak of the same size.
This combination is extremely versatile.
Even though, neck and beak seem to disappear in some photos. Peek-a-boo!
The sharp hook at the end of the beak is most definitely the best scratching tool for these birds.
Being able to reach almost every part of their feathered body results in fascinating poses.
To scratch your back in this manner must be heavenly, as the smile suggests.
Other postures just look odd.
Either position is just as amusing. It is very much of a balancing act too.
The flat light platform seems to be the preferred option over the round pipe. But either pelican is managing quite well.
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.
Wherever even the rotating neck/beak combination can’t reach, there is another option.
The foot scratch. Physical laws are well calculated throughout this corrective act.
The centre of body mass is well in balance as the foot moves towards the head without difficulty.
Wait for it!
Who can do that on a shitty pole?
Sitting high above the vantage line, nothing seems to miss their attention. Pelicans are always looking out for opportunities.
Opening their beak seems to intensify their eyes automatically. This could be a muscular reflex.
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.
From up there, nothing goes unnoticed.
The ones that already finished their morning clean up, enjoyed the warming sun.
If that was too stressful, a bit of shut-eye was stimulated.
He won’t be taking any shite from anyone, he’s got plenty of his own.
Being right under the lamp post gave me an interesting view on a pelican’s bottom.
Nothing like a good shake some times. It loosens the feather frock quite well.
A rather curious look from this angle. But, it didn’t go unnoticed.
He didn’t only keep a good eye out for me. There was a lot of traffic in the air.
Sometimes, neighbours fly in for a chat.
But so early mornings?
There really is no need for this kinda behaviour, is there?
Where have you been all night?
No breakfast in bed again? He couldn’t tolerate this ignorant behaviour any longer.
This pelican pointed out a few valuable factors.
Off he flew into the blue sky
Scanning through my photos after a busy photo session is always like a ‘kid in a candy store-moment’ for me.
Re-living and knowing, that these joyful times are recorded forever. As it is for other photo enthusiasts. Fabulous.