A Brown Pelican Dive

A Brown Pelican Dive

I focused on this particular Pelican because he was moving slower than the others. Hey…it made the shot easier. I was really just looking to get the bird with a nice blue sky over Tarpon Bay, Florida.

A Brown Pelican Dive
A Brown Pelican Dive

Luck would have it the Pelican pulled into a hover, staring down below.

With no sign that I noticed he dipped and dove straight down.

A Brown Pelican Dive
A Brown Pelican Dive
A Brown Pelican Dive
A Brown Pelican Dive
A Brown Pelican Dive
A Brown Pelican Dive

With scenes like this I always shoot at a high shudder speed and around 10 shots a second. If no action the worse that happens is I have a few duplicates taken. I don’t want to miss the opportunities like this that may pop up.

4 thoughts on “A Brown Pelican Dive”

    1. Having 10+ shots a second can be critical to a series. However, the ‘secret sauce’ is focus points. I know of only 3 bodies, all Canon, that have the small cross focus point. Canon 1Dx, 5M IV, and the 7D2 which we use because it’s a crop sensor. It’s the perfect method for fast action. Bigger than just a single point but smaller than any others. We want to upgrade our bodies but can’t. Repairs keep them going and we may buy a couple extras I guess.

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