Posted on March 1, 2022
A group of ~10 American White Pelicans from a previous trip many years ago to J.N. Ding Darling NWR in Florida. This was taken with one of my favorite lenses, the Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6. It was a Great Lens to setup on a tripod and work an area. At ~13 lbs you had to use a heavy tripod but you could really get a great assortment of images when you found an area where birds were coming and going and interacting with each other. It even worked well with 1.4x & 2x telconverters for even more reach. This image was taken with a Canon 1D mkIV @ 648mm. I have since replaced it with a Tamron 150-600mm which you can easily handhold for images and easier to carry. Plus it also works well with Teleconverters for more reach.
Category: Birds, Birds, birdscapes, Blog, Equipment, Favorite Locations, J.N. Ding Darling NWR, Nature Still Lifes, Wildlife, wildlife drive Tagged: American White Pelicans, Ding Darling NWR, J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, J.N. Ding Darling NWR, J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Drive, Pelicans, Pelicans at J.N. Ding Darling NWR, Sigma 300-800mm DG Lens
Posted on March 8, 2021
These are from a past trip a couple of years ago in April. I was photographing a Bald Eagle when I noticed a lone American White Pelican heading straight towards me. I started photographing it and was shooting a series of images as it was coming towards me. It banked sharply and landed in the water. After it landed in the water I noticed a whole flock flying in from the side that was apparently following the lone Pelican. So I guess he was the leader of the group. The bright white Pelicans really stood out against the deep blue color of the water. Also you can see the lone American White Pelican was in Breeding Plumage with the fibrous epidermal plate on it’s upper mandibles about one third of the way up their bills. All images were taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a Canon 2X Teleconverter on a Canon 1D mkIII.
Category: Birds, Blackwater NWR, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Favorite Locations, Wildlife, wildlife drive Tagged: American White Pelican Flying, American White Pelicans, blackwater National Wildlife refuge, Blackwater NWR, BWR Wildlife Drive, Canon 1DmkIII, Canon 2X teleconverter, Canon 400 f/4 DO lens
Posted on March 1, 2014
Pelicans are fun to watch and give you a lot of photo opportunities. Sometimes they seem almost comical, other times just plain clutzy! There was quite a large group where we were set up and with the Sigma 300-800mm I could pick my group and zoom in or out depending on the action, or lack of action, going on. I also had the 400mm DO with a 1.4X teleconverter over my shoulder in case something flew by closer.
Posted on January 17, 2014
Here are a few photos taken at dusk as the sun was setting adding a warm color to the scene. The birds were settling down for the evening, American White Pelicans, Roseate Spoonbills, Egrets, Cormorants and others made an interesting mix. Also Ospreys flying in the colorful warm colored sky back to their nests. Many other birds were flying overhead heading to where they roost. At Ding Darling, the busiest time for photos is Dawn to early morning, then later in the evening as the sun sets. We usually go throughout the day, seeing individual birds or a few here and there in groups. This gives you the opportunity to get closeup images, detail shots or even head shots. Also there are many opportunities for flight shots. The opening photo is a 4 shot panorama stitched together manually in Photoshop.
Posted on December 31, 2013
An evening photo of a group of American White Pelicans settling down for the evening on a little dune of sand surrounded by water. I thought it was interesting most of them were still keeping an eye open for what was going on around them. Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800 f/5.6 zoom @ 800mm, f/7.1, 1/1600 sec, ISO 800
Posted on December 24, 2013
We are spending Christmas at Sanibel Island in Florida with lots of photo opportunities at the J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Here is a 5 shot panorama of a lineup of American White Pelicans. The photo looked more interesting as a panorama rather than using a shorter lens and cropping into the image. Taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mk IV, Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens, Canon 1.4X MkIII Teleconverter, 1/200 sec @ f/8, ISO 400. Manually stitched together in Photoshop. Effective focal length 728mm with the 1D MkIV cropped sensor.