Monday, 2 August 2010

MYM - More than his belly can ...


A wonderful bird is a pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week;
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.

by Dixon Lanier Merritt (1910), often attributed to Ogden Nash.


This wonderful sculpture was worked by James Corbett who exhibits at the 'Michael Commerford Gallery' on New South Head Road, Edgecliff.

All the live pelicans in this post were observed in the estuary of the Hastings River at Port Macquarie. The pelicans, gulls and cormorants were feasting on a school of sardines. When the old codger, who had been fishing from the jetty, went over to the BBQ tables to gut his catch, the pelican's followed him. Hence, the smudges of blood.


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31 comments:

Birdman said...

Love that poem too!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

I don't think I've ever been closer to a pelican!!!! A new twist on 'Sydney eye.'

Petrus said...

Nice Blog - you've some good photographs ..

I'll be returning for another look later.

Lisergic Synaesthesiae said...

Capturing nature shots!

The "mechanical" pelican it's just amazing.

Jilly said...

That first photograph looks like a sculpture and the poem sure does sound like Ogden Nash. I remember these wonderful birds in Cairns. Miss them.

brattcat said...

the poem's true author says, wellican,
claim the spotlight at least for a spellagain.

Luuuuuua said...

superb blog,felicitarii

Bill said...

Wonderful pelican shots. Diane is good at taking shots of pelicans. I know for sure that verywellshecan.

Miguel Martinez said...

Unas fotos espectaculares.
Un saludo.

J Bar said...

That eye in the first shot is freaking me out. :)

Virginia said...

Merci for this closeup. Never seen a pelly this close ! Whoooeeee.
V

Bruce Caspersonn said...

Thanks, I had forgotten how that poem finished.

paul said...

Pelicans are so much fun to photograph. This is a lovely collection, and my favorites are the eye and the sculpture.

Liza said...

Wonderful photos of the pelicans.

Happy MYM.

Liz @ MLC

lazyclick said...

Beautiful birds. In the first the view of eye is fantastic.

Julie said...

I agree that the eye is spooky!!

Rinkly Rimes said...

That yellow eye is truly memorable. I love pelicans.

Lesley said...

Wow, that is quite the close eye!
I had forgotten about that poem.

Dani said...

Just marvelous.

Thank you.
Have a great day!

Rabia Sensei said...

Wah.. I am amazed with all the photos in your blog! Beautifully captured!

Manang Kim said...

Oh my gush, this is beautiful. Very well captured. Thanks for sharing!

Blueberry Lane

Princess Sarah said...

great photos taken...Like pelicans too. Thanks for the visit.

His Unfailing Love

fini said...

Pelicans remind me of Nigel The Pelican from Finding Nemo :) I never seen it in real life, you definitely captured it perfectly!!

Gattina said...

Wonderful shots ! What an evil eye in the first picture ! I also love the sculpture ! beautiful !

chubskulit said...

Great shots!

Perry said...

These are awesome! Love the real ones with the contrasting sculpture. The few and rare pelican I see are a dull gray, still pretty though.

Greyscale Territory said...

Pelicans intrigue me! Love your closeup of a pelican's eye! And that sculpture is simply amazing! A beautiful series of photos!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, awesome shots of the Pelicans. They are cool lookng birds.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

My mom always recited this poem to us (before we'd ever seen such a thing as a pelican). A few years ago, I sent my 8/9 year old grandsons post cards of pelicans (we were in Texas where they're plentiful) and printed the poem on it. Made me a popular grandmother (although I'm not sure my dil's thought it was too funny)!

Nice pictures.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I like Pelican eyes ... such drama and the sculpture looks like a very high class version of those junk metal sculptures ... nice.

TheChieftess said...

Beautiful shots!!!