Category Archives: Pelican

Diving Under, For No Particular Reason, Pelican

This Brown Pelican joined the group and came in with a nice, slow, landing.

Diving Under, For No Particular Reason, Pelican
Diving Under, For No Particular Reason, Pelican

And suddenly proceeded to do a ‘semi-crash’ right in front of them all.

Diving Under, For No Particular Reason, Pelican
Diving Under, For No Particular Reason, Pelican

He was close to the shore but had enough depth to get under a little.

Diving Under, For No Particular Reason, Pelican
Diving Under, For No Particular Reason, Pelican

And next bobbed up and floated around, all happy with himself.

Diving Under, For No Particular Reason, Pelican
Diving Under, For No Particular Reason, Pelican

I guess it’s a bird thing.

Where To Look First ? Pelican

I’ve always thought the hardest shots to take are of large flocks of birds.

Here Pelicans, but Egrets, Storks, or whatever are like putting chaos in a bottle.

Where To Look First ? Pelican
Where To Look First ? Pelican

No matter, something will be ‘less than sharp’. A few birds will look great, but others just in odd postures.

Where To Look First ? Pelican
Where To Look First ? Pelican

After years of practice I do have a proven method.

Hold the button down, point everywhere.

Where To Look First ? Pelican
Where To Look First ? Pelican

I’m sure all those ‘expert’ training classes don’t teach this. But really, you have minimal time and the odds are some will be great. Look at these shots, how bad could they be in some of the places we go.

 

Drifting By, Pelican

Drifting by was me, not the Pelicans.  Usually it’s the other way around, but not here.

Drifting By, Pelican
Drifting By, Pelican

For the most part they ignored us.

Drifting By, Pelican
Drifting By, Pelican

A completely different way to photograph Pelicans.

Drifting By, Pelican
Drifting By, Pelican

This is certainly a more comfortable situation for the birds. And of course there are young birds just learning to get around.

Taken at Bird Key, coastal South Carolina.

Pelican Neck Twisting, And It Doesn’t Even Hurt.

I have seen them do all kinds of gymnastics, still it doesn’t get old.

Pelican Neck Twisting, And It Doesn't Even Hurt.
Pelican Neck Twisting, And It Doesn’t Even Hurt.

This young bird looked to be almost exercising.

Pelican Neck Twisting, And It Doesn't Even Hurt.
Pelican Neck Twisting, And It Doesn’t Even Hurt.

They do practice this as juveniles. Some fly up a few feet and drop down head tilted sideways. They dive from big heights when fishing and this is learning how to do it.

Pelican Neck Twisting, And It Doesn't Even Hurt.
Pelican Neck Twisting, And It Doesn’t Even Hurt.

A Group Photo, Pelicans

Taken at the sand bar end of Bird Key, the high dunes making a nice backdrop.

A Group Photo, Pelicans
A Group Photo, Pelicans

This dune is man made. The sand was dredged from the bottom of Charleston Harbor. We have a deep water port, but hurricanes change the depth every year.

The cost of adding the sand to this Key was less than other options. The state port wins, the birds win. A who knows, the sand may have started out here before the last hurricane anyway.

A Group Photo, Pelicans
A Group Photo, Pelicans

Bird Key Residents

One of those times when you don’t know where to look first. At this spot on the Key I decided to just focus and shoot.

Below should be viewed on a large screen.

Bird Key Residents
Bird Key Residents

Looking through the ‘crowd’ here you can find Pelicans, White Ibis, Gulls, Egrets, Herons, and I’m sure some other shore birds.

Bird Key Residents
Bird Key Residents

What was a little unnerving was how many others were overhead, and behind the boat.

Bird Key Residents
Bird Key Residents

More than a few swimming nearby too.