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Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last ten years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution documenting new Caribbean deep-water species and building a one of a kind database. His underwater images can regularly be seen in Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and on the Ikelite website. His image of a "Collage of Corals" seen under blue-light at night recently placed in the TOP 10 images for the 2014 NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association) photo contest.

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Jan 26, 10     Comments Off
Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Good evening friends of the blog, tonight I have a request photo that was supposed to be sent out last week to a friend who asked for a Pelican photo.  This is one of our many local Brown Pelicans that spend their days hanging out at the Sea Aquarium entertaining guests all day long.  I once told Dutch who is the owner of the Aquarium that the Pelicans, Frigate Birds and the Iguanas get photographed more in one day then anything else on the property, maybe they should be part of the show??  There are more than half a dozen species of pelicans, but all of them have the famous throat pouch for which the birds are best known.  These large birds use their elastic pouches to catch fish—though different species use it in different ways.  Pelicans are found on many of the world’s coastlines and also along lakes and rivers.  They are social birds and typically travel in flocks, often strung out in a line. They also breed in groups called colonies, which typically gather on islands.  In North America, the brown pelican is endangered, but populations are recovering to some extent.  The sea birds were devastated by chemical pesticides, such as DDT, which damaged the eggs of pelicans and many other species.  The average life span in the wild is 10-25 years but can be longer.  They have an unbelievable wing-span of almost 10 feet (3 meters) and can be 6 feet in length and weigh up to 30 pounds, that’s a big bird folks!!The Brown Pelican is the national bird of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and state bird of Louisiana.  It is also one of the mascots of Tulane University and is on its seal because of the Louisiana connection.

Well the good news of the day for me is, I got my laptop back today thanks to a new friend traveling to Aruba and another friend bringing it from Aruba to Curacao today, talk about knowing the right people!  Many, many thanks to all that helped get this to me, it started in Arizona then to Michigan, then to Virginia, then to Aruba and finally home to daddy! 
 
I was off today, I first took the dogs out for a morning of trail work and we re-opened a section of trail that has been closed due to broken glass and loose rocks but it’s open now.  After I got home I then spent the whole day doing necessary errands around town, like grocery shopping, banking and the bike shop just to name a few.  At 4:30 I took off on the bike and didn’t get home till 6:40.  I had a really nice ride tonight joined by a bunch of friends and I only crashed once!  Too much air in the front tire I am guessing??
 
That’s it, have a friend coming over in a minute, I have to go.  Peace out, Barry

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