American White Pelicans At J.N. Ding Darling NWR

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.

American White Pelicans @ Ding Darling NWR

It is fun to watch and photograph American White Pelicans. Especially in groups. They seem almost comical the way they interact with each other. It is interesting to see how sometimes they are actually graceful and at other times just klutzy. But I guess I am the same way. Also they are a large subject, easier to photograph. You just have to watch so you do not overexpose the whites and keep the feather detail.

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Peek a boo, I can still see you

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One point landing

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Stretching

Pelican Flying Through Sunset – Captiva Island

I have not posted any blogs for a while. We were busy with downsizing studio space at work, moving the computer room, moving printers, network cables, etc. Mostly getting everything up and runnings again. Also I did not do much personal photography for a while. In November we had the opportunity to go to Sanibel & Captiva Islands in Florida. It was fun to shoot for fun again. One of my favorite places to photograph birds and sunsets. The featured image was shot with a 300mm f/4 lens with a 1.4X Teleconverter, @ f/8 1/3200 sec.

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Pelicans Flying Through Sunset – 105mm with 24-105mm @ f/11

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Pelicans Flying Right After The Sun Set – 105mm with 24-105mm @ f/11

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