Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pelican Yoga

It's been an exciting few days around the lakes. Birds acting like rock stars and now YOGA! What a strange and beautiful world we live in!
According to National Geographic, pelicans perform exercises to stretch and maintain their pouch.


"Ah, much better!"



Reaching the zen state
What's next in the exciting world of birds? Ballet? Racing? Bird olympics? One thing you can bet on: this bird-nerd be watching! My mission today is to buy a bird blind with some of my Christmas money at Cabela's or Bass Pro Shop. Watch out, bird world! Here I come.


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45 comments:

Linda said...

These are wonderful. That children's book can't be far off. :)

Dina said...

Pretty funny. Cute catch. I love it when they stretch their beaks like that.

Mitzi said...

WOW!!! Awesome captures! I don't think I've ever witnessed first hand a pelican doing this; how awesome that you managed to capture these moves! Beautiful images of our State Bird! Big hugs to you sweet Gail! So glad we are blogging buddies, xoxo

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Awww, cute. I do yoga exactly like this pelican ;-)

Renae said...

Ok Gail! hi! What is a bird blind? I'm a dork.

But listen to this: You are an AMAZING photographer!!!! Oh, my gosh, girl! Those pelican stretches were almost obscene. Not really, but somewhat hard to view. I'm mature and have seen many things in my life, so, I'll say ok. Ya maybe grotesque is a better term. LOL

Thank you for your nice words regarding the cake mountain. Hungry? LOL

Kerry said...

Oh!! This actually made me lift my chin and do a few jaw exercises of my own. I love pelicans and these are wonderful pics.

Stephani - A Defined Life said...

Wonderful gail! I love capturing photos of wildlife. I love pelicans too!

Barbara said...

Who knew?? Great shots and I can't wait to see what you get from inside your bird blind!!

Carol L McKenna said...

Wonderful post and fabulous photography ~ Wow!

(A Creative Harbor aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^)

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots of the pelicans doing their pouch-conditioning exercises!

Lorri said...

What fantastic shots. Who knew! Yoga, for the birds.

Lisa Gordon said...

Look at the mouths on these guys!!
Just amazing, and such great shots, Gail.

Ana Eugénio said...

so cool photos :) and funny poses! happy 2013 sweetie (my word for this year is HOPE, it's the first time I do it so I decided to buy a bracelet on Etsy with my word on it to be a reminder all year).. xxo

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

TexWisGirl said...

you have exercising pelicans; i have exercising scamper rats. :)

Jori said...

My goodness! That thing is doing yoga! It must have eaten 10,000 calories a day over Christmas like I did. ;)

Gone Country said...

Those photos are gorgeous! I love the light you've captured in them.

I've never seen a pelican do that so thanks for sharing. That's my kind of yoga, lol!

EG CameraGirl said...

They appear to be amazingly agile!

hootnonny said...

Awesome! A lady here is town who shoots birds (did I say that?), uses refrigerator cardboard boxes from Sears. I can see you now, dragging one through the swamp!

eileeninmd said...

Cool captures of the Pelican! Just awesome!

the wild magnolia said...

Clear captures. I ❤ pelicans.

Deanna said...

Again, some great images caught by my favorite bird nerd. I don't think you need to waste your money on a bird-blind....your images are great without any assistance whatsoever.

Rosemary Aubut said...

Love these Gail! You are too funny! What next?????? Can't wait!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Well, heck. I stretch and such for my pouch; I don't think it's working though unless it's meant to go south.
Is it?
LOL

Larry said...

Very cool Pelican pics Gail! I didn't know they did that! Have a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Evelyn S. said...

These belong in a bird book! They are such wonderful captures, Gail!

Lynn said...

He looks so contented after his workout. (My word is moderation).

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Amazing captures. With a blind,you will be unstoppable.:)

Brian King said...

LOL! Awesome photos, Gail! I've never seen a pelican do that.

Stewart M said...

I really like pelicans - I took some pictures a while ago of them drinking by holding their beaks open in the pouring rain - well I assume they were drinking, but it could have been yoga!

Cheers and thinks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Neil said...

Great series.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

These are really stunning images of the White Pelican! Happy New Year~

Kathy said...

Yes, you certainly caught some great poses with these shots.

Linda R said...

Lots of great poses you caught this bird doing. Maybe after I have my coffee this morning I will do some stretching my self. Wishing you a happy day my friend.

Hugs~

beth said...

WOW !!.....omg, you just made my morning by sharing these photos !!!
xxoo

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Gail! Those are amazing. Pelicans always make me laugh. You get the most marvelous bird shots already, I can hardly imagine better with the blind, but I look forward to seeing what you find.

Rambling Woods said...

Welcome to Nature Notes Gail.. we are small, but the regulars really love nature. I didn't know this about pelicans and you named it aptly yoga.. LOL.. great post for this week's Nature Notes and I do hope that 2013 is treating you well.. Michelle from Nature Notes..

Barb Brookbank said...

Absolutely incredible shots, Gail!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Oh my goodness! I've missed this posting and it's beautiful~ Love your white pelican and the things he/she did with its bill~

ladyfi said...

Wow wow wow!

Tricia Hays said...

Knock em dead, Ms Gail! =)

Stephanie said...

haha...I love it :) Great story behind your beautiful pictures.

Hugs
Stephanie

Buttons said...

Oh Gail I must say you have really made photographers strive to reach this level. Good for you. Excellent. B

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Wow, I had no idea pelicans behaved like this! You captured the whole exercise brilliantly.

Charlotte Wilson said...

You are so funny!