Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pelicans (and a Seal)

Slowly, I'm working my way through the Aloha Festival pictures. I have so many of the hula troop that they're going to have to wait for another day.

But they will be posted, as I promised several people at the festival.

While most of the pictures in this post are pelicans, I got this one shot of a sleeping seal. The seals are getting harder to shoot, since whoever is in charge of the wharf has made a new place for them to hang out. It's almost entirely under the wharf. Nice for the seals and sea lions, not so nice for us that like to take pictures.

I had to literally hang over
the side of the wharf to get this shot.

If you look really close
(or click to enlarge)
you can see a pelican flying
through the center of this shot.
Mostly I wanted to show
the old casino at the Boardwalk.

I'm just so fascinated by the pelicans,
I can't seem to get enough shots.

Sometimes I think they're posing
just for me.

I took eight quick shots of this guy diving for food.
This one was the clearest,
but I still can't tell what he's after.
Can anyone make out the fish under the water?

This one's easy.
Kids on the dock were feeding this guy
some kind of bait.

He's a real primadonna.

Larry, Curly and Moe
or maybe
Manny, Moe and Jack.

I got a little artistic urge with this one.

I played with it a bit more.
It reminds me of those old bird anatomy books.

More posing.
Are these the most graceful birds or what?

This would have been such a great shot,
but the guy in the back kind of ruined it for me.
I tried taking him out,
but it was too much like work.
Plus, I would lose all the edge detail of the bird.
Just squint your eyes and pretend he's not there.

That's it for today.
In the next day or two,
there will be lots of hula pictures.


Russ Krecklow said...

Hanging out with the seals! I'd pay to see that....have Terry take a picture.

I knew your pelican shots would be way better than mine....and they are!

Love those pictures you get. I'm never able to get that close to them. Guess we will just have to come down there.

Hope all is well. Looking forward to the Hula pictures. I love the Hula girls, and Donna loves the fire dancers!

Gypsy Boho said...

Great shots!

Me and My Dog said...

Great shots! I love pelicans, too.

Donna K said...

Very nice pictures of the pelicans. Wondering what lens you are using for those shots? Are you really quite close or shooting with a telephoto? At any rate, great shots. Too bad that guy didn't move out of the way.