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The Curious Case of the Pelican (As opposed to a Pelican Case)

Curious you say? Yes curious! There I was, sipping a nice cold Corona on the beach in Cozumel when out of the corner of my eye I saw a Pelican fly by. He floated effortlessly above the tourists who were enjoying the hot Mexican sun. Suddenly, he landed on the pier and surveyed his surroundings.
In my enhanced state of relaxation I thought to myself….do I grab the camera and run over there to get some shots of him? No! Obviously after going through the effort he’ll fly away before I get to him. So I sat there and watched. He stayed there. A mother and daughter walked up the pier to get a closer look. He just stayed there. A couple of people got off a scuba diving tour boat and walked by my little Pelican friend. He just stayed there.  Ok…that was it. If he was going to stay calmly perched in his spot for everyone else, I certainly wasn’t going to sit around and miss a wonderful opportunity. I raised my very relaxed self off of my lounge chair, grabbed my camera and off I went.
I got to the pier and inched slowly towards my friend. I do believe that he actually enjoyed the attention, posing for me happily. He was a curious little fella!

pelican, beach, sea, nature, bird, Cozumel

pelican, beach, sea, nature, bird, Cozumel

pelican, beach, sea, nature, bird, Cozumel

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59 responses

  1. He is a natural model, that’s for sure :). Great shots Edith!

    February 6, 2013 at 7:28 am

  2. Oh dear Edith Levy, these are amazing shots. Especially I loved how standing on there… so lovely… You are amazing. Thank you, love, nia

    February 6, 2013 at 7:39 am

  3. The bird appreciate the photographer’s attention, very well captured… ;-)

    February 6, 2013 at 8:02 am

  4. Awwwe, he posed for ya!

    February 6, 2013 at 8:42 am

  5. cfrailey

    Wait a minute I read that book. :) Great shots Edith.

    February 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

  6. You had me at Corona, beach, and Cozumel. Great images too!

    February 6, 2013 at 9:15 am

  7. Pelicans, beaches, Corona, oh my! All wonderful, but I’m partial here to this great set of images! Excellent capture–glad you got your camera! :)

    February 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

  8. Rich McPeek

    Great story and beautiful shots Edith!

    February 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

  9. Excellent shots, Edith! So glad you took the photos (and shared them with us). I’ve never seen a Pelican, so this is as close as I could get. I guess he is used to the attention that he gets from tourist, and looks like he quite enjoyed it too.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

  10. WOW that is the closest I’ve been to a Pelican, great shot and well worth going over.

    February 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

  11. These shots are really fascinating Edith.
    The detail is incredible; great work!

    February 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  12. It’s amazing, some of these guys really do seem to crave the attention.
    We had one near us recently that I think would have hopped in your car if you invited him.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    • He realy was friendly and not at all afraid of people. Thanks for your kind comments Phil.

      February 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  13. Smashing series Edith. I love pelicans and this one certainly seems to be enjoying the attention! :-)

    February 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

  14. Great shots, Edith. I love to shoot pelicans too — I mean photograph them ;-)

    February 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm

  15. what a poser…just showing off his wings!

    February 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

  16. Mark Summerfield

    The perfect model – seems to take instructions on the various poses well and does not require either a release or even payment!! ;-)

    February 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm

  17. I’ll bet he was wondering just how long he was going to have to wait for you , LOL!

    February 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    • It seemed that way although I was convinced he would fly away by the time I walked to the pier. He ended up being the perfect model.

      February 6, 2013 at 11:51 pm

  18. I’ll be he was wondering just how long he was going to have to sit there until you came over, LOL!

    February 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm

  19. I love how his/her feet are wrapped around the pole… fantastic photos Edith :)

    February 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm

  20. Superb images Edith!! Great title too! :)

    February 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm

  21. Muy Buena Serie… Me Encantan…

    February 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm

  22. ah ah, that is funny! I seems to be very at ease, like he do that all the time! ;)

    February 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm

  23. Great shots… an easy model!

    February 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  24. :-) Great model!!! Really fabulous shots!!!

    February 7, 2013 at 12:23 am

  25. Unbelievable!! Incredible on many different levels, Edith! These are all terrific images, they all showcase the fabulous personality this bird was obviously showing off to you. You’ve done an absolutely top drawer job in this set, really wonderful.

    February 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm

  26. Fantastic shots Edith! I love pelicans too. Great to see you’re having such a great time in Mexico. I was in Mexico too, but only to get my teeth fixed. It wasn’t nearly as relaxing a time as you’re having!!

    February 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    • Thanks so much Anne. It was really nice to get away and enjoy the sunshine.


      February 7, 2013 at 10:47 pm

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  28. I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. If you accept it, you can pick it up here: http://shawnrjones12.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/beautiful-blogger-award/

    February 8, 2013 at 9:20 pm

  29. Excellent pictures.

    February 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm

  30. Wonderful shots! What a lovely little poser he was :-)

    February 11, 2013 at 5:16 pm

  31. What a stunning creature, and you have captured it so beautifully.

    March 5, 2013 at 1:23 pm

  32. Amazing!

    March 9, 2013 at 11:45 am

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