Finials: A Photoessay

By Vladimir Brezina

Fierce eagles on top of poles are a grand imperial convention

but in Florida every pole has on it a bird

that is not an eagle, but (usually) a pelican.

They perform, preen

or just sleep.

14 responses to “Finials: A Photoessay

  1. Great to see some pelicans again! I take my camera out kayaking and have a bunch of gulls sitting on the poles here in the Thimble Islands in CT. I feel the best pictures come from the water to land. Thanks for sharing these.

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    • Most of these photos were actually taken from land. Photos taken with a 300mm lens from a kayak bobbing in the waves are usually not quite as sharp… But during this last visit to Florida I did capture a number of acceptable photos that way nevertheless—forthcoming!

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  2. last summer i was snorkelling in the dry tortugas when suddenly a huge splash happened right next to me. my heart lost a few beats, i’m sure, til i realized that a pelcan sleeping on a pole decided he needed to eat one of those fish right next to me. memorable . . . to be sure. see you saturday.

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  3. eagles! I love to watch the eagles up on the palisades. They are the most amazing fliers. How I would love to find an eagle feather! Other than up by the palisades, do you encounter any on your wide scan of the harbor?

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    • Not really much in the New York Harbor, although I am sure there are some on Staten Island or in Jamaica Bay. Eagles are actually not the most conspicuous birds—not like pelicans or egrets!

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  4. Wonderful photos, as usual.

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  5. This is a terrific entry. And, you’re right, there is a bird on nearly every post in Florida!

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  6. dianne - "life as i see it" - "just because"

    I’m really enjoying you pelicans.. : )

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