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.
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.
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 get wet, but really how close could he dive without hitting the bottom!
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.