Friday, March 28, 2014

CAMERA CRITTERS, SATURDAY'S CRITTERS AND BIRD D'POT

This is a continuation from my post last Saturday, which you can see here if you missed it.  We left our hotel that morning and stopped shortly afterwards, so that we could enjoy our daily exercise by walking along the beach.  An added benefit of course was being able to see not only the seagulls but also the pelicans.   As you can see by this first photo, it is a very foggy morning but there I am, camera in hand, enjoying all those birds.  


I thought they were waiting for the fog to clear before taking off over the ocean......


but more likely they are all facing the same direction into the wind to stabilize themselves while standing.  No chance of them getting blown over this way.  Facing in this direction gives the Seagulls an easier takeoff, which I suppose applies to those Pelicans also.  Birds are generally referred to as a 'flight' when in the air and a 'flock' on the ground, but Seagulls on the ground are called a 'colony'.  


So what do you call a group of Pelicans?


A Squadron......


and this Squadron of Pelicans decided it was time to take off.....


but first they had to receive their orders from their Squadron Leader....


who was chatting with his second in command.


"Get ready chaps!"


















Uh-oh!  They're doing a scramble.  Scramble?  According to RAF terminology, getting airborn as soon as possible!  But they're looking a bit at a loss as to which direction to take off in.  A bit ropey chaps!


Should we scrub take off?


Whoa, steady now!







No?  It's a go!


And the crowd roars!









The Squadron Leader called it,  "Jolly good show," he says. "Good practice run.  We will do even better tomorrow."


"Let's head back to the NAAFI to get a cup of char".  That's tea to everyone who doesn't know what a cup of char is.


It is said that Pelicans are the largest flying birds, because they have air in their bones that makes them lighter and more graceful than they appear.  

I am joining Misty's Camera Critters,  Eileen's Saturday's Critters.  and Anni's Bird D'PotThank you for hosting ladies, I am always happy to join in these great meme's.

41 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

They always looks so ungainly on the ground - and so incredible in the air. A bit like penguins, so very clumsy on the ground, and incredibely graceful (and fast) in the water.

Mascha said...

What a great photostory!
Have a nice weekend, see you at tomorrow's flowers :-)

TexWisGirl said...

very cute bunch and great take-off session. :)

Em Parkinson said...

What a great sequence of photos and a collective noun of a similar quality to go with it. Brilliant.

Sandra said...

these are amazing captures and so much fun, the story and the pelicans and when the cloud roared so did it. Pelicans are my most favorite of birds and i did not know the Squadron thing. but i can see why. we used to watch 6 or 8 of them all in a line, like a squadron riding the updrafts of the tall buildings on daytona beach... love this post, one of my most favorite of all you have done.

Susan said...

That is one gorgeous post Denise! You've a lovely sense of humour and caught their movements spot on.
Interesting bit about the pelicans having air in their bones. They're fascinating to watch and it's been fun watching yours :D) Cheers

Ranita Sinha said...

Denise the pictures and the narrations are just so perfect and the birds so gorgeous..and I love birds very much..thanks for sharing this post..

some very beautiful captures..

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This is so cute Denise. Your captions are wonderful. Brown pelicans always strike me as being a bit goofy.

Did I somehow must have missed a post where you explained your new header? It is so neat.

Carver said...

Fantastic shots of the pelicans.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Great photos Denise. Love the formation and takeoff.

Kay said...

Cool pelicans.

Debbie said...

you were able to get so close, i have never seen a pelican up close!!

this was a great series denise, have a wonderful weekend!!

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos . The Pelicans always look so awkward when taking off . Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

Cloudia said...

Brilliant! You have the eye and the heart!


ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral

=^..^= <3

Jen said...

They really do dwarf those gulls. Love watching pelicans. Nice shots.

William Kendall said...

Pelicans look so very awkward... but I think it also makes them look so appealing.

Adam said...

they certainly look like a squadron

Linda W. said...

Great pelican photos! What cool birds to see.

gigihawaii said...

Great photos and commentary, Denise!

Margaret Adamson said...

Well that was just wonderful. The photographs and the commentary. It did make me smile. Those gulls where just non plussed with the Pelicans, weren't they? Have a great weekend.

Valerie said...

I always did like RAF tales... smiles. Denise, I never realised the true size of pelicans... they are enormous by the side of those sea birds. A fun post.

diane b said...

Love your commentary. You have a great sense of humour.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Who would have thought...a squadron of talking pelicans and glad you overheard them, Denise...fun photostory.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, great series on the Pelicans and the gulls.. I did not know about the squadron of Pelicans..Thank you for linking up with this weeks critter party. Have a happy weekend!

carol l mckenna said...

Fascinating photos and captions for SC ~ love the gulls ~ xoxo ~ Happy Weekend to you ~

artmusedog and carol

Karen said...

I love pelicans, great shots, cute commentary!

SeagullSuzie said...

What a beautiful set of photos. I love birds of all kinds and it's just lovely to see these big chaps preparing for take off. Fab commentary too.

Powell River Books said...

That's a great series of shots with a humerous narration. I really enjoyed reading and looking at each photo. - Margy

Jocee said...

Great post, They look much more graceful in the air, but it seems to take some effort to get there.

Adam Jones said...

What a cracking squadron and a great series of photos. :-)

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh Denise, you are too funny. I totally enjoyed your photos and the commentary.
Hope you are having a great weekend.

Pat said...

Great photo series. Love those Pelicans!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Fantastic shots of the pelicans.

Brian King said...

It looks like they're waiting to board a ship. Nice flight shots!

HansHB said...

A beautiful serie of the pelicans!
Well done!

Anni said...

Love, love, LOVE the captions with the images of the pelicans. The sea looks ominous. Such beautiful images Denise.

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

What a great capture of their take off...

Linda@arichtapestry said...

Love the series of photos and the amusing narrative with a very appropriate RAF theme! Have a good day, Denise.

Gail Dixon said...

You crack me up! Enjoyed the commentary and the photos immensely. You got such crisp shots of the pelicans.

Mary said...

A great series of photos! I love the pelicans! Amazing!

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that´s fun! So many great shots of the pelicans. Loved to watch it. :)