Friday, August 07, 2009

The Pelican Brief

Warning: this post has absolutely NOTHING to do with a certain movie of the same name.

In fact, I've never seen the movie. Nor read any reviews, nor do I know who's in it. Who directed it? Beats me! What is it about? Well, going by the movie title, I'm guessing it's one o' them thar short ferrin' films about a day in the life of a pelican. She-yit, prob'ly made in France.

Harumph!

OT Don'ts I gots a guud redneck acksent? Jus' laik a skunk.

Speaking of movie or book titles... Why isn't The Lord Of The Rings about the life and times of P.T Barnum? Just asking.

On to the pelican!

WP (Wifey-Poo, The Most Wonderful Woman In The Entire World) and I (YT, Yours Truly --that'd be moi) went down to the seashore yesterday. No, we did not meet Sally and we didn't sell any seashells. We went down there to take pics of the surf since the wind was a steady 25 to 30 knots (knots: fancy nautical term meant to confuse everyone).

Unfortunately, the wind was still Northwesterly when we were there and wasn't supposed to swing around from the South till later. This meant the fetch of the waves was fairly short so they didn't have enough distance to really build nicely.

But I still got some good surf shots.

Those shots will have to wait for another post.

Why? Cus there was a pelican hanging out by the Brighton Jetty. It's not a usual area for them, in fact neither WP nor I have ever seen one there. We've since found out why it was there, but I'll leave that for another post.

This post is about the pics I got of the pelican. I'm really getting to know the ole Fuji FinePix S6500fd pretty darned well. These were taken from around 100 feet away.

A bird has just GOTTA get a good stretch!
pelican 01



Look Ma! I can hover!
pelican 02



She's being all majestic-like in these next two:
flying pelican 01

flying pelican 02
Hey Spielberg! Can I be in the next JP flick?



This sheila could teach us a lot about aerodynamics
pelican in surf 01
Right aileron up, left aileron middle, right flaps up, left flaps down, both slats down, landing gear extended, and keep that nose down and into the wind!



Here she is practicing her cormorant pose
pelican in surf 03



Which comes in handy when she needs a bit of lift to get through the surf!
pelican in surf 02

4 comments:

TwoYaks said...

That second to the bottom picture is fantastic!

scienceguy288 said...

Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men, who's also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her, that states who probably, wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI. When the FBI director reads it, he is fascinated by it. One of the preseident's men who read it, is afraid that if it ever got out, the president could be smeared. So, he adivises the president to tell the director to drop it, which he does. But later the professor and the girl were out and he was drunk and when he refused to give her the keys she stepped out of the car. When he started it, it blew up. She then discovers that her place has been burglarized and what was taken were her computer and her disks. Obviously, her brief has someone agitated. She then turns to her boyfriend's friend at the FBI, he agrees to come meet her but before he does someone shoots him and takes his place. At the meeting, he was about to kill her when someone shoots him. She then decides to turn to Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, who was contacted by someone who says he has info on the killings but backed out at the last minute. He then meets her and tells her what her brief is, and basically, the man she suspects is a good friend of the president, who is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court. Grantham tells her that her brief can harm the president and all what they have are theories, he asks her to help him but she wants to leave the country. When Grantham's editor tells him that they have nothing that he should drop cause the man she implicated is extremely powerful. Grantham's about to drop it when she says that she will help him. But can they stay alive?

Actually doesn't sound all that bad. Still prefer your shots, though.

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Two Yaks: Thanks mate. I like the way the two sheets of water are behind him from where the wave had just hit her legs a moment before the pic.

ScienceBloke: Sounds like it could be good. Who's in it?

Jim and Heather on Meerkat said...

Wow - those down under pelicans are white. Our up above pelicans are gray.