Friday, August 16, 2013

Percy P and friends....!


Whenever I visit the zoo I find it impossible to walk past the Pelicans without taking a few shots, they look splendid sailing across the lake stopping every now and then to scoop enormous amounts of water into their huge bills, sieving out any tasty little tidbits..fascinatingly odd looking creatures don't you think?
I can't believe in all the times I've been to the zoo it's the first time I've noticed the extraordinary markings of the Plumed Whistling Duck with it's long black-margined plumes rising on each side like the sails of a ship..or the Sydney Opera House :)

....and of course there's always the extrovert, the show off! I just wish I'd had a chance to whip out my long lens to get a closer look at the the Great Egret prancing and dancing, before standing at the edge of the pond, spreading it's wings and taking a bow to it's less than impressed audience :) Hope you have a fab Friday, take care and stay safe.....

36 comments:

  1. I like these waterbirds.... special that pelican, good ptoto's again.

    Greetings, Joop

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  2. This is timely, I was watching a show on Australian pelicans last night on television.
    And as, usual, you have the most unusual looking duck I've ever seen :)

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  3. I do love the pelicans and what a showman he is!! Such fun captures for the day! I always love a trip to the zoo and the birds. Can't believe another weekend is almost here!! Hope you have a great one, Grace!!

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  4. I've never seen anything quite like that duck. What an amazing little creature with those feathers all askew in such an artistic array. The pelicans on your side of the world are also a lot more picturesque than the ones I just saw in California. I love watching them nonetheless. They look so awkward sitting still and yet so graceful when they are flying and skimming the water.

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  5. Fabulous feathered gallery!I like to observe birds during hours.

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  6. Pelicans are really odd looking creatures, with their long beak :)
    Fascinating photos, Grace!

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  7. Love that pretty little duck Grace ..... a real show off!

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  8. Oh, gotta love the pelicans and that amazing prancing egret...but absolutely adore the opera house duck! So sweet!

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  9. My word! Australia really does a fantastic bird population for you all to see at the zoo. Great shots!

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  10. Beautiful shots!

    They are peculiar birds, those pelicans...

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  11. I was watching the same show as Hamilton last night! Cool shots, Grace. Love those ducks.

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  12. you bring out their best
    ALOHA from Honolulu
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  13. Great bird photos, Grace. I adore the top one, of the single white pelican. Nice shots!

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  14. Thar black, white and red is charged with energy. Great series.

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  15. Wonderful photos of the birds! They're not only smart, but beautiful, too. I also loved watching the pelicans whenever we are in an area where they live and perform.

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  16. The light falling on the pelican is perfect. He literally shines in the photo.

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  17. The side feathers on the plumed duck almost look like gum leaves!

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  18. In the last image the Great Egret is saying 'look at me i am fabulous' :P
    Nice pictures btw :)

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  19. A lovely wildlife series Grace. I still do not understand how Pelicans can fly.

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  20. You could post these in National Geographic!

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  21. I have never seen these ducks before, they are beautiful!

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  22. There is something so majestic about pelicans :-)

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  23. Agreed about the ducks - wonderful. Pelicans are wonderful creatures aren't they?
    Beautiful shots Grace!

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  24. Beautiful birds, love the pelicans.

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  25. These are the birds you find along our coastline. Pelicans are lots of fun to watch, especially when they fly along the seashore in formation! They can be pesky, though, if they think you have fish in your pocket!

    Nice series. I got a kick out of your wanting summer again. As I recall it got really hot in Perth last summer, right? :)

    Hope you're weekend is progressing well!

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  26. The pelicans in the zoo have learned the art of posing, unlike their cousins in the wild.

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  27. Our zoo has a bird garden--I love going there. Last time, a peacock tried to follow us when we left. Had it not been for the obvious legal issues, I would have taken him home with me!

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  28. Wonderful bird shot series! Love them all.

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  29. They are gorgeous birds and fantastic shots!

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  30. A funny bunch of friends! Or a flock... I am not sure.

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  31. Wonderful shots of the pelicans!

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  32. they are all beautiful birds and great photos, and those ducks! So cute!

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