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From the vault. For some of us it's the summer doldrums, for others we worry about tropical storm Isaac. Hope every thing goes well with you all.

1. The fishing boats are in and brown pelicans perch along the railings of floating docks. Fishes are cleaned and parts discarded. Thus begins the feeding frenzy.






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3. The pelican's pouch is flexible and can hold an enormous amount of food.






4. To get the food down the bird has to tilt its head back and let the food slide down its gullet bit by bit. It took this bird a full 30 minutes to consume a pouch full of food.






5. Waiting for the next meal.






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7. Red necked Phalarope. These birds are extremely difficult to focus on as their heads jerk back and forth and they are constantly moving in circles.






8. We know that some whales hunt in teams (orcas, and humpbacks blowing bubble nets to contain a school of fish) but I have never seen sea lions fish in teams. This team consisted of 5 sea lions.






9. The bubbles are probably caused by the sea lions exhaling just as they break the surface of the water.






10. I shot this hand-held from inside the car as it pulled alongside the grazing fawn.






All photos taken with Canon 7D and 400mm/f5.6 lens. Sea lions and phalarope photographed with 400mm + 1.4TC

Edited on Aug 29, 2012 at 03:08 AM · View previous versions



Aug 28, 2012 at 11:51 PM
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p.1 #2 · Feathers and Furs


Nice that the peli's benefit from the discards
#6 is a dandy of a shot!
#8 is a cool comp with the last one sneaking his head in

Karl



Aug 28, 2012 at 11:56 PM
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p.1 #3 · Feathers and Furs


Like those wolves of the sea shots..pretty cool.
Eric



Aug 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM
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p.1 #4 · Feathers and Furs


Ncie set, 2, 3 and 6 are my picks

Morris



Aug 29, 2012 at 12:19 AM
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p.1 #5 · Feathers and Furs


Neat set. Looks like the pelican had a bit of an issue with those floppy fillet remains.


Aug 29, 2012 at 12:22 AM
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p.1 #6 · Feathers and Furs


These birds are extremely difficult to focus Isn't that the truth!! Just when you think you have them they suddenly turn the other way!!

I to will go with the Sea Lions and the Deer is a mighty cute shot too

Tim



Aug 29, 2012 at 12:56 AM
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p.1 #7 · Feathers and Furs


Nicely done Dennis. It's the fawn for me ~ Ron


Aug 29, 2012 at 02:24 AM
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p.1 #8 · Feathers and Furs


Karl Witt wrote:
Nice that the peli's benefit from the discards
#6 is a dandy of a shot!
#8 is a cool comp with the last one sneaking his head in

Karl

________Thanks Karl. I decided not to crop out the third sea lion in #8 to keep the visual balance in the photo.



Aug 29, 2012 at 02:25 AM
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p.1 #9 · Feathers and Furs


Thanks Eric. Where did I hear that one before? In any event, i wouldn't want to be near those 400+ lb beasts.


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p.1 #10 · Feathers and Furs


Thanks Ken. That makes him a sloppy eater, no?


Aug 29, 2012 at 02:27 AM
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Thanks Tim. Some time in the future I hope we can get together to do some birding in Skagit Valley.


Aug 29, 2012 at 02:28 AM
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Awww, ron, you just have a soft heart.


Aug 29, 2012 at 02:29 AM
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dalite wrote:
Thanks Tim. Some time in the future I hope we can get together to do some birding in Skagit Valley.


Anytime you're nearby, let me know! Fall/winter is raptor, snow goose season up there

Tim



Aug 29, 2012 at 02:37 AM
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Tim Kuhn wrote:
Anytime you're nearby, let me know! Fall/winter is raptor, snow goose season up there

Tim

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... and maybe Snowies (if there's another irruption?). Thanks for the offer. I'll keep the raincheck.



Aug 29, 2012 at 03:10 AM
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p.1 #15 · Feathers and Furs


#6 for me Dennis


Aug 29, 2012 at 07:13 AM
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p.1 #16 · Feathers and Furs


An excellent all 'round set, Dennis.
Interesting to learn about the sea lion team fishing. Nature is filled with new wonders just waiting to be discovered.
Charlie



Aug 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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p.1 #17 · Feathers and Furs


Thanks Kenny and Charlie. Pelicans are good in that respect too.


Aug 30, 2012 at 01:18 AM





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