Sunday, October 19, 2008

Today at the harbor...

...the Sea Angler's crew and passengers (some of whom tagged along without buying tickets) were getting ready to go on a fishing expedition...



One enterprising pelican grabbed a last-minute snack from the bait well before the crew took in the lines lines and the boat set out...



Pelicans fascinate me...

12 comments:

DAL said...

If we had pelicans around here, I'd photograph them. We have cranes, but I rarely see them and am usually unable to stop when I do.

Pelicans are cool.

MrScribbler said...

dal -- We have cranes here, too, but they're all busy over at the shipping terminals unloading container ships....

Anonymous said...

I'll bet they taste like chicken.

S

Justfly said...

Pelicans fascinate me too.

MrScribbler said...

S -- Probably with slightly fishy overtones. But none of my cookware is big enough to hold one....

kit said...

Pelicans have been of special interest to me ever since I explored a beach littered with their carcasses as a child. I believe it was a die-off of historic proportions, I don't remember the cause, but I think it was tainted fish...

MrScribbler said...

kit -- Seven years ago, there was worry that the brown pelicans seen around here were on the edge of extinction.

Today, there are thousands -- or more -- of them. I've seen flocks of 100+, and they are everywhere.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful bird is the pelican

His beak can hold more than his belly can

He can put in his beak
Enough food for the week


And I don't see how in the hellhecan.

O Nash

joan said...

Looks like my territory!

MrScribbler said...

Joan -- Not quite as nice here, I'm afraid. We need to get you out here with camera to check it out, though...got plenty pelicans to go around!

"anonymous" -- Ol' Ogden was writing about those East Coast pelicans with the bucket beaks. These can only manage one smallish fish (bait-size) at a time.

Nash was a funny guy, though.

benb said...

Pelicans are COOL! I always love watching them whenever I'm at the ocean (which is very rarely). Nice pics!

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

I got close but you know how I like to sit in endless meetings. Yawn.