Posted on August 27, 2020
A close flyby image of a Brown Pelican from the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. I was purging files from backup hard disks and thought this was an interesting image of the Brown Pelican to post here. Image taken with a 400mm Canon DO lens on a Canon 1D mkIV.
Posted on February 23, 2014
Birds In Flight – A Brown Pelican Low Altitude Fly By this time. I was watching this Brown Pelican making a lap farther out then he circled in and flew in front of us. I was able to get a small burst as it flew by. Usually I like them with the sky as a background, but it is interesting looking at the wing positions, and wing patterns as they are flying by.
Posted on January 12, 2014
Brown Pelicans seem so bulky and slow, but are quite agile and are amazing flyers, especially for such a large bird. They fly a little slower so they are easier to track, until they go in a dive to get their meal. You can get great textures with the variations in the dark feathers and their colorful head. They are fun to watch as they are very animated and seem almost clown like. You often see them flying fairly low over the water and suddenly they nose dive into the water to shock their prey. It is more spectacular to see them dive from a greater height and they make quite a splash.
Posted on January 2, 2014
Here is a small group of Brown Pelicans on a sand dune at J.N. Ding Darling NWR. They were fairly far out, but I liked the feather detail and textures plus their eyes seem to be looking at you. They were also positioned in an interesting group with the tallest bird on a small tree branch, almost giving a triangular composition of the birds . Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Sigma 300-800mm DG f/5.6 Zoom, @ 731mm, f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400. Effective focal length of 950mm with the 1.3 crop sensor of the Canon 1D MkIV.
Posted on December 30, 2013
We have been traveling the last week and spent 5 days at the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Florida. Got lots of great photos and have a lot to edit through. Here is a Brown Pelican that came upon a fish laying on the ground and could not let it go to waste. See the animated gif below, the last image. I was hand holding the camera for this sequence so it jumps a little bit. Canon EOS 1D MkIV with a Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens with a Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, 1/640 sec, f/11, @ ISO 1250. Effective focal length of 728mm with the 1.4X Teleconverter and the 1.3 crop sensor of the MkIV.