Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Birds amd Fishermen

The other morning started out with intermittent showers but when it cleared up to a bright sunny day I decided to drive out to the coast and on to Inskip. We stopped at Rainbow Beach to look at the surf. It was really chopped up looking and nasty. There were red flags out to warn against trying to swim. However, three kite surfers were making good use of the windy conditions.

This photo even has a Tern flying close to the kite.

It was the week-end and there were too many people out at Inskip for the birds to try to compete for places on the sand. At first the only ones I saw were out on the island.

Silver Gulls are so common I seldom photograph them but they are beautiful when you get close.

Way out on the end of the peninsular there was someone fishing and close by was a Pelican waiting hopefully for a hand-out. Unfortunately a man came by with 3 dogs walking off lead. He was throwing a ball to keep them interested and finally threw it in the direction of the person fishing and the Pelican decided that was just too close.


The Pelican flew back along the channel towards the open sea. As we later walked that way we saw fishermen and the Pelican again hoping for a free feed. It came much too close for comfort - any fish coming in on the line would have been snatched and then the bird would have been caught as well. The fishermen waved their arms and their rods and reeled in the lines. The Pelican took some time to be convinced there would be no free fish here either.

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25 comments:

  1. Oh, wonderful captures, Mick! I love the pelicans! Such a beautiful beach, but that water does look choppy!! All of your birds are beautiful and it's so fun to be able to see them "up close and personal"!! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great week!!

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  2. the pelican is beautiful, even if he is putting himself at peril.

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  3. Wonderful ocean shots and shore bird photos for OWT ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  4. Great shots it was great weather for the kite surfers.

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  5. Those pelicans are just living in hope.

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  6. Amazing how little fear the pelicans have of humans in their pursuit of dinner. I like the photo of the silver gull.

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  7. Some nice shots here Mick, I never tire of photographing Silver Gulls, they are beautiful birds and never stop providing me, with great profiles, hope you have a happy week.

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  8. Amazing to see the pelicans so close to people. Lovely shots of the kite too.

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  9. That fisherman and pelicans looks just like one I encountered at sunrise once, he had four or five different water bird species around him and kept feeding them all. :)

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  10. yes it's a real concern seeing the birdlife close to the fishermen. Lovely photos Mick

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  11. Birds are such opportunists but it's still amazing to see a truly wild bird behaving in that fashion. I suppose the potential food outweighs the risks involved. Lovely shots Mick.

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  12. Lovely shots. I really like pelicans. For such a funny looking bird, they are such magnificent flyers/gliders/divers. I guess this fella has had a hand out before!

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  13. It does look busy - knowing terns, it was trying to chase off the new intruder!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  14. Great series!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

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  15. Beautiful photos, especially of the pelican.

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  16. Beautiful photos. The pelican is very smart, he's waiting for someone else to catch lunch for him.

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  17. Super shots of the Silver Gull and the opportunistic Pelican.

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  18. Hi Mick! This week was the week of the Silver Gull.....I know I've said it before but the Silver Gull.....while it may be the only gull around your area......is a stunner! Hope you are well and thank you for sharing from your part of the world!

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  19. The gull is not common for me to see, so I enjoy photos of them! The pelicans are great, I love that standing shot of it.

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  20. great shots of silver Gulls and Pelican.

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  21. how fun to see the pelicans waiting for fish. :)

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  22. Poor old pelican, gonna' have to fish for his own dinner! Such a pretty place and your are right, the silver gulls are actually quite lovely.

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  23. Enjoyed your stories of life round these waters. A fascinating series of photos. Particular;y love the photo of the pelican in flight.

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