Sunday, June 21, 2009

Brown Pelicans on the Outer Banks

  In just two days from now my family and I will be on our way to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a weeks vacation. It's one of our favorite vacation spots. The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a chain of barrier islands midway on the Atlantic Seaboard, 90 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia and about 320 miles north of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Besides hanging out at the beach there's lots to do there. I hope to fit in a little birding while I'm down there. The Outer Banks known for its great concentration of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway and home to a large variety of shorebirds and waterfowl. Besides an assortment of gulls, one of the first birds I normally spot flying along the shoreline is the brown pelican.



Brown pelicans are seen flying in a straight line or a V-formation not far from the waters surface. Their really cool to watch when there looking for food. They will glide above the water surface and quickly take a nose dive into the water to catch its food - mostly fish. These pelicans will also hang around piers and follow fishing boats for an easy meal.

Brown Pelican 

The above brown pelican picture is a painting I did about 10 years ago. 

I hope to share more photos in the upcoming days from the Outer Banks!

Don't forget to check more bird photography over at this weeks Bird Photography Weekly, just click the image below...



gwendolen said...

Oh great, pelicans. I hope you come back with lots of pix.

I love your pelican painting!

Anonymous said...

Pelicans look like they came through a time machine from the distant past. Like Gwen, I hope you come back from NC with more photos. I love the painting, too!

Kelly said...

...Wow! That is a beautiful painting! I love it.... You need to show more of your artwork. (I'm sure it's hard to find the time to paint, especially since you blog (and have kids...and work). I run into that too, but I'm going to try to paint and draw more. That is a goal.

mick said...

Beautiful painting and photos. I hope you have a great holiday and come back with some great photos to share with us all!

pussreboots said...

Beautiful painting. My husband is very fond of pelicans.

Unknown said...

Great photos and I love the painting.

Bob Kaufman said...

Enjoy your vacation, Alan, and come back with tons of pictures.

You Pelican painting is really awesome!! What medium did you use?

Amy said...

I love watching pelicans fly in formation. Your painting is great - thanks for sharing it!

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Have a great time in the OBX. Whenever I see a flock of pelicans flying the 'soundtrack in my head' plays Ride of the Valkyries. Seems like they are always in formation.
nice painting.

Larry Jordan said...

Great captures of the Brown Pelicans Alan! The painting is awesome! Have fun down there and I am looking forward to more photos.

Dawn Fine said...

Hi Andy!
Hope u had fun...must be back now.. Your Painting is amazing!
Cant wait to see photos from your vacation!

Dawn Fine said...

I would like to subscribe to your blog via email..can u enable that in feedburner?? I think it is an easy enable..Let me know if u do..
that way I will not miss your posts..

Anonymous said...

Wow! I like it!


P.S.: I like your painting!

April Lorier said...

Oh, I got sick at my stomach when I saw this wonderful painting of the Brown Pelican. Sick because you are not still painting. Do you have a clue how talented you are? I come from a long line of artists, and my daughter is married to one. So I think I know what I'm talking about, Alan. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE take time to paint!