Monday, March 29, 2010

The Pelican Brief Encounter



Clear the runway for the cutest pelican in Huntington Beach California. This pelican was being photographed by a group of people several yards away but when she saw me it was love at first sight (for both of us) and she flew right over to me. We spent some time admiring each other and then we went our separate ways. I'll never forget Peggy the Pelican.

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53 comments:

  1. LOL...she is eyeing you pretty good there, James. Very cute. Great capture (for her too I guess) ;). Great photos. Thanks so much for participating in 'Face of the Week' also love your comments. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to chat.

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  2. Pelican Brief...just got that. :)

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  3. THAT is extraordinary...I gasped when the picture came up

    It fills my eyes. Which is the greatest compliment I can give.

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  4. These colors.
    This background.

    It is Landscape of magnificent California.

    This best place brings about a lot of stories.

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  5. Peggy is a real cutie. What great photos :)

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  6. Oh, lucky you! And you were ready with the camera too. I love the colors in the last shot and the timing of the 2nd shot is perfect!

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  7. Superb! Gasping with beauty!

    Peggy spreading her wings and posing for you!

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  8. Cool shots of Peggy. Believe it or not we have a lot of pelicans on Oklahoma lakes. The same is true of a lot of coastal water birds. We never saw them until the Arkansas River Navigation Project created a system of locks and dams that made the Arkansas navigable from Tulsa all the way to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico.

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  9. I LOVE her too! Look how her wing tips curl and her landing gear is down and flaps are in place for a perfect landing right in front of you! What a superb moment in time you captured! I really like the bokeh color in that last photo too...fabulous light! Wow! Just so dang adorable!

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  10. Its a great photograph of a beautiful bird James..

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  11. James, these pictures are simply amazing! I can tell that Peggy only had eyes for you!
    Sunny :)

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  12. I love it!! And Sunny is right, Peggy only had eyes for you!! Fantastic captures, James! Hope your week is going well!! Mine is now!

    Sylvia

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  13. So great and wonderful shots! It`s perfect and I Really love it.
    Wish you a nice day:-)

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  14. Excellent photos James. The pelican wit the wide open wings and the city in the background is an amazing composition.
    She looks right in your lens in the last macro. Amazing colors and light.

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  15. In such a beautyful golden light, everybody would have fall into love for anyone (or anything..) else!Ü
    A very nice encounter, and a lovely series of pictures. Peggy will remain as a great memory for you!

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  16. What a great series of photos! I love pelicans, DH and I call them the B52's of the bird world :) What a fantastic catch. Kathy

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  17. These are wonderful photos, James. I love the way she's looking at you in your third photo.

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  18. That is so sweet! But aren't you glad she didn't give you a peck on the cheek? :)

    Awesome photos, James!

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  19. These are great. Love the posing going on in that last one.

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  20. GREAT shots, James! Marvelous light!

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  21. Wow! These shots are AMAZING! She really is looking right at you in the last one...I think she really IS admiring you! You captured her in flight perfectly freezing the motion so beautifully! I would love to know what your aperture and shutter speed were and what lens you used etc. I'm still trying to master birds in flight.

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  22. OK, I can stop now taking pictures of bird. I'll never get anything like this in a thousand years. Incredible shots with a wonderful light!

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  23. Great name for this post. Ha. Aren't pelicans unusual and have their own beauty.

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  24. Are you on the way of it's flight path? It seemed like it. What close up shot you got. Really neat images.

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  25. Pelicans as so much fun to watch and photograph. Great series. Bet it was nice to be back in CA!

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  26. Awesome capture of this beautiful pelican. They really are big ;-). Thanks for stopping by James :-)

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  27. Oh, wow!! I envy those shots. Those are magnificent! I usually miss those kind of shots. Can't seem to aim and snap in time. Wow!

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  28. awesome shot and i just wonder if you have read the book pelican brief suddenly,i just remembered it.

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  29. James, thank you for the info on your settings. I've heard that tamron lenses are great lenses and a little less expensive than canon. Thanks for sharing your other bird pics with me...they are all awesome!

    I was disappointed because I took a pic of my hummingbird in flight and it was blurry. I knew my shutter speed was not high enough....it was 1/1000 and my aperture was f/11 with ISO of 400. Next time I will try f/7 so that I can increase my shutter speed to freeze the motion. I took them in manual mode, but next time I will try TV mode and I think that will help. Thanks again for your info on your settings...I do appreciate it! I enjoy learning from other photographers. ~ Debra

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  30. These are absolutely great shots ..

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  31. You wouldn't believe how many memories are connected to this photography...of a long gone love, living across the Ocean far, brought again near by your Pelikan.

    Amazing photography that demand to be framed.Please have a wonderful Wednesday.

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  32. You got so close to this Brown Pelican one of my favorite birds to photograph, outstanding job!

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  33. I have never seen a pelican except in photos. They look like cool birds...this one seems to have a sense o humour, even!

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  34. I love that last photo, it looks really shy yet I can see that it wants to be photographed.

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  35. Did you KNOW that I am passionate for Pelicans??????? I am! You will have to go to some of my old posts (or use my Lijit search engine on the bottom of my last post on the page and put the word PELICAN in). Seriously...I stalk them whenever we are in Florida...they complete me. ha This shot is just AWESOME...I am so glad she became smitten with you!!!! Love these photos!!!

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  36. This is just FANTASTIC! Do I wish ours would come up and visit! Wonderful pix and such great lighting.

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  37. You know I loves me some pelicans!
    great shots...

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  38. ces photos de pélican sont absolument merveilleuses
    bravo

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  39. And you didn't have someone next to you holding a fish up in order to attract her?

    Your photos are absolutely spectacular!

    (I arrived here following a comment of yours on Peter of Paris' blog but now I fail to understand whether you're in Paris or Newtown at the moment !?!?
    :-)

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  40. wow, I am stunned. What a great set o photos. With that pelikan coming in. :)

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  41. superbe,quelle chance d avoir ete la juste a ce moment et avec ce soleil couchant !

    ;O)

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  42. I can just say: W O W WOW WOW...Im stunned.Thats was really great pictures. What a motiv.Beautiful, gorgeous and exiting. And your pictures are professional I think. I hope one day in my future I will see one Pelikan like this...and maybe get some photos of it too. Happy easter for you.

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  43. Great post James! Peggy the Pelican is quite lovely! Great shots of her. Love how she is looking at you.

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog. When I saw the clouds and sun, glorious is what came to my mind also.

    ~ Tracy

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  44. This photo trio just makes me speechless!!! What photography skills. Wow.

    Thanks for stopping by my Wednesday blog!!!

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  45. Lucky you ! To be a friend of Peggy the Pelican !

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  46. My goodness, those photos are just fabelous.

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  47. Wow, what an impressive encounter! Wonderful shots. Have a great day.

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  48. The third one is fantastic!!! I'd like to see more.

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  49. Wow, those are wonderful photographs! I love the composition of the third one - and how funny that she flew right over to you like that! Did you have a fish in your pocket? LOL!

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  50. Just awesome shots. I can't imagine capturing these images!

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  51. Great shot of a bird in flight. It seems enormous.

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  52. Oh wow ... what MARVELOUS captures of 'Peggy' ... methinks I've seen her while walking the HB pier myself. I'm ALWAYS amazed how BIG pelicans are close up! Thanks for sharing these priceless photos!
    Hugs and blessings,

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  53. Aw. Peggy is a sweetheart. I think I met her too, she was posing for me!

    http://phototreks.blogspot.com/2009/11/deviation-from-norm-karate-kid-pelican.html

    Huntington Beach was one of my favourite spots on my visit to CA last May.

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