Pelican, In Flight (3)

Pelican, In Flight (3)

While photographing the rookery at Bird Key it was a gamble on where to focus and shoot. Look one place, off to the side something else was happening.

These types of images are what I had been hoping to catch. I know Pelicans like to fly low on the surface, and I was in a small boat at that level. What I didn’t expect was how quickly, and close, a Pelican would come by.

Pelican, In Flight (3)
Pelican, In Flight (3)

If you could hold steady on the side of the boat, and focus, then if the shots were bad it was your own fault. The Pelicans did their part.

Pelican, In Flight (3)
Pelican, In Flight (3)

Many times the Pelicans wings were a hairs length away from the oceans surface.

Pelican, In Flight (3)
Pelican, In Flight (3)
Pelican, In Flight (3)
Pelican, In Flight (3)
Pelican, In Flight (3)
Pelican, In Flight (3)

For a nature photographer it doesn’t get any better than this.

Pelican, In Flight (3)
Pelican, In Flight (3)

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