Here are the pelicans!

Yes, Stephen Barnard said that he doubted any readers could spot the pelicans in this morning’s photo. But I have more faith in the readers. Did anybody find them? Here they are:

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They’re on the island in the river! If you feel tricked, take it up with Stephen. . . .

Here’s an enlargement:



  1. GBJames
    Posted August 31, 2016 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I saw that but just assumed it to be a rock. There’s no way to see individual birds in the original!!!

    • Posted August 31, 2016 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      Take that up with Stephen, who entered it in the “Spot the. . ” series. Besides, someone spotted them!

      • mordacious1
        Posted August 31, 2016 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

        A funny old bird is a pelican.
        His beak can hold more than his belican.
        Jerry said with a smile,
        You can spot them on that isle.
        I replied, with frustration, like helican.

        Apologies to Dixon Lanier Merritt

  2. Posted August 31, 2016 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    that should be a huge flock and its not

  3. chris moffatt
    Posted August 31, 2016 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Didn’t think they’d be anywhere away from the water and that was the only white I could see in the river.

  4. Posted August 31, 2016 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Spot the Pelicans turned out to be much more difficult than Spot the Moths. Go figure!

  5. ploubere
    Posted August 31, 2016 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    In fairness, there are not enough pixels in the photo to identify those as birds. Just a white blob. But a beautiful panorama by the incomparable Stephen B. I wish I lived in such a beautiful place.

    • GBJames
      Posted August 31, 2016 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

      Indeed. The difficulty in spotting these birds is not due to camouflage but simply the consequence of scale.

      But it is a hell of a nice picture never-the-less.

  6. Posted August 31, 2016 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    It’s the one thing that doesn’t fit in the photo.

  7. darrelle
    Posted August 31, 2016 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Definitely not enough resolution to actually make out pelicans, but seemed the best bet going by color. Hence my hint in the original post, “Reminds me of a horrible duet by Dolly & Kenny.” That would be Islands In The Stream. Though “islet” would probably be a better fit.

    Shit. I hope I don’t have that running through my head for the rest of the day.

  8. Don Sevendy
    Posted August 31, 2016 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Just for fun, search for “pelicans” in the WEIT search box.

    • Don Sevendy
      Posted September 1, 2016 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      I guess that I was too subtle: this “find the the pelicans” post is a duplicate from two years ago.

  9. Posted August 31, 2016 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I guessed that was where they were!

  10. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a location shoot for a John Ford western.

  11. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted August 31, 2016 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I spent 10 minutes staring at the picture waiting for them to move.

    … what, it wasn’t Youtube? 😦

    (Okay, I did notice the white dot but couldn’t make out any detail…)


  12. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted August 31, 2016 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    It’s more than an enlargement. Blowing the .jpg up enough just reveals a white blob.

    This is Stephen showing off his zoom lens, isn’t it? 😉

    Nice pics, though.


    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted August 31, 2016 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

      The first photo is a panorama stitched together from three overlapping images shot with a 24mm (wide angle) lens from far away. The second photo was shot from MUCH closer with a 700mm lens. The equivalent focal length is ridiculous.

      The pelicans were obvious to the eye.

  13. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted August 31, 2016 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    I guessed the wide angle was 24mm or thereabouts (that’s about as wide as you can go without getting weird ‘fisheye’ type effects). Good stitching software, by the way, I can’t see the join.

    I was just quibbling with PCC’s use of the word ‘enlargement’ – technically it’s more of a ‘close-up’, I think.

    I suspect (all joking aside) that part of what made the pelicans obvious to the eye is that they were moving a little?

    I do find great difficulty in taking photos of streams or narrow woodland tracks – what is blindingly obvious to the eye in real life in the form of the rippling water or the leafy path wending its way between the ferns, just disappears in a confusion of mottled detail in even the best photo.


    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted August 31, 2016 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

      Oops, sorry, that was a reply to Stephen of course.


    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted August 31, 2016 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

      I use a free program called Hugin for stitching. The interface is a little clunky, but it works very well.

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