Category Archives: Pelican

Year Round Pelican

Lately all the attention has been on the visiting big White Pelicans. It’s easy since they move into the marshes where the Spoonbill, Wood Stork, and others are.

Year Round Pelican
Year Round Pelican

Right down the road, very close, are the Brown Pelicans. Being salt water birds they avoid marshes.

Year Round Pelican
Year Round Pelican

Personally I prefer them, much more character.

Year Round Pelican
Year Round Pelican

It doesn’t hurt that they tolerate people much better.

Year Round Pelican
Year Round Pelican

If you see a shrimp boat, you have Brown Pelicans.

 

Curious Pelicans

These may be some of my favorite Pelican shots from this year.

There is no action or drama, if there was this would have never been as good. Thanks to the Pelican for being curious about the guy trying to hide behind some grass.

Curious Pelicans
Curious Pelicans

These images are wider than normal and were taken at a slower speed. The focus and f stops turned out to be just right to get depth here.

All these big wild birds, at different distances from me and each other can be tricky to catch.

Curious Pelicans
Curious Pelicans

Above they were moving around a little, one even fishing. But the shot still worked out.

Simple, but not. Birds like these, out here, rarely hang around near a person very long.

Thanks to the Pelicans.

Another ‘Blue Hour’ Image

One of those quick shots taken early in the morning before you actually have time to organize yourself.

I can be an over-organizer but have found if I don’t do my setup as I’m starting out the whole day can have a series of bad shots. It’s like I never get things right should the any action occur.

Another ‘Blue Hour’ Image
Another ‘Blue Hour’ Image

This had the potential to do that. I walked between sections of tall grass and found a flock of White Pelicans flying right at me.

The good news was they did not come in a mass, two or three at a time. That gave me time to change my settings for really low light… after taking the first shots way too fast and dark.

Time To Join Another Group

There were two more flocks like this further down the marsh. Spoonbill like to keep moving and this one was doing as expected.

Time To Join Another Group
Time To Join Another Group

There was also a group back to my left.  That means the birds were going back and forth between the groups, all passing in front of me.

That was the theory anyway. Turns out there were other groups even further up marsh so eventually I had to follow them. Some kept moving.

 

A Fishing Circle, Pelican

There are two schools of thought on photographing wildlife. Sit and wait in a good spot, or move around between locations.

Most times I’m a mover.

A Fishing Circle, Pelican
A Fishing Circle, Pelican

This particular morning I changed my methods and pretty much parked myself in the same place. The sun and birds were moving around so I kept near a few holes in the tall grass.

A Fishing Circle, Pelican
A Fishing Circle, Pelican

It worked out OK. In this series a few White Pelican moved in a large circle, passing by me several times. By not moving I didn’t make them uncomfortable with me being there.

A Fishing Circle, Pelican
A Fishing Circle, Pelican

Of course I did give in later and moved around the area. The move worked out since Storks were dropping in near another open marsh.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Pelicans…

Best title I could think of at the moment.  It’s accurate so I went with it.

Recently I got replacement parts, for me. The ‘warranty’ was up and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Modern medicine, gotta love it.

Since we shoot almost all the time and live in a wildlife photographers paradise I have no shortage of photographs. However parking myself at the office desk for any amount of time is ‘not allowed’… and monitored I might add.

Pelicans...
Pelicans…

I can work from an IPad, which I do carry around with me.

Hence this shot was lost on a drive until now, and many more I thought were done will likely pop up over time.  Grammar and spelling will surely suffer. My IPad hates me.

In short, sorry for the inconsistent work flow, yet it will be fun to watch how the IPad torments me.

 

Getting Crowded, Pelican

These White Pelican were doing their usual ‘group’ fishing but stopped swimming ahead. They bunched up.

Getting Crowded, Pelican
Getting Crowded, Pelican
Getting Crowded, Pelican
Getting Crowded, Pelican

I’m guessing they had hit a larger school of fish since all their heads were bobbing up and down under the water.

Getting Crowded, Pelican
Getting Crowded, Pelican

I never did see anything so small would be my assumption. Nice to catch this though.