Look Out Below (see Image Story)
This Brown Pelican was in the small fishing bay where the boats come in to unload their catch and process the fish right there..
In the Galapagos, needless to say there are plenty of beggars looking for easy food including every type of sea bird, sea lions and anyone else willing to duke it out for some prime innards.
Anyway, this unsuspecting pelican was eating his “catch” at the end of the dock and not paying too much attention to anyone else.
It was where I decided to try for a new angle on these peculiar looking birds. The dock was 3 feet off the ground and in about 2 feet more of water..
I slid under the dock and inched my way to the edge. I could hear him or her right above me as the little claws at the end of his webbed feet clicked on the wood above me.
There were 4 or 5 little local kids watching and laughing as I tried to shhhhsh them so they didn’t scare the bird away.. I was suddenly under the little toes as the hung over the edge and slowly raised my camera as I leaned back uncomfortably.
He actually did not notice me there and I needed to make a little noise to get his attention, so I clucked kind of like a wet chicken may do..( I was soaked and a but muddy by now)
He looked down as I peered up through the lens and took this shot..
Now what I probably should have been expecting but simply did not was the surprise waiting for me only a moment later..
As he lifted off the dock in an attempt to remove himself as far and as fast from this ridiculous photographer, he let loose with the warmest, messiest and most disgusting fish laden bird crap all over me, my camera and of course ego..
The little local kids about peed their pants from laughing so hard. What a clean up job…But I got the shot! And the humility to go along with it.