I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican

I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican

This article includes more photographs than usual, however you will see why.

Below, I started to track and shoot as the Pelican flew towards me and this wasn’t even my first shot. He just kept coming straight at me.

I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican
I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican
I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican
I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican

Standing on the bank I at first assumed he would pull up and over me even if it was really low. I was so wrong.

I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican
I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican
I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican
I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican

This was taken at my shortest lens length, 150mm. You can see a few strands of grass as I pointed downward. The shot above was when I knew for sure he was diving right on the bank, his head turned for the impact.

I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican
I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican
I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican
I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican

I did not get wet, but really how close could he dive without hitting the bottom!

I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican
I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican

Above, he caught something but I never did see it.

The only other times I have been in the splash pattern were from a small boat. I still have no idea why he picked this spot. He came from a long ways to get here.

My guess is he really did want to just fly over me, water was behind me too. Probably a last minute decision.

Once again, you never know what you might see out there.

6 thoughts on “I Did Not Expect This, Brown Pelican”

  1. Oh my, what an encounter – face to face with this bird! I bet you were getting ready to duck or dive. What super action shots! Well done for holding your ground! 🙂

    1. 😂😂, I had to laugh at your last comment, holding my ground. That is exactly the ‘bad’ habit I have. More than once it was an Alligator, not Pelican. I just keep shooting, and have had them suddenly out of focus. Which means they are inside the minimum zone 🤣🤣.

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