Category Archives: Pelican

White Pelicans (2)

After shooting the White Pelican flocks I decided to finish a few with different post processing methods. I will usually use a single finish for any group of images to keep everything consistent but huge white birds and contrasts seemed to pretty to not use a few styles.

White Pelicans (2) - click to enlarge
White Pelicans (2) – click to enlarge
White Pelicans (2) - click to enlarge
White Pelicans (2) – click to enlarge

A wide black and white for our on-line gallery came out better than expected.

White Pelicans (2) - click to enlarge
White Pelicans (2) – click to enlarge

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White Pelicans (1)

We found White Pelicans… we found many White Pelicans. Photographing a White Pelican in flight is nice, but a huge flock posing for you is awesome!!!!

White Pelicans (1) - click to enlarge
White Pelicans (1) – click to enlarge

Each bird had a different expression and pose.

I still have a number of images to finish but I did want to highlight the first, since the ‘guy on the left’ stole the show.

 

Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck

Life in the swamps is not all pretty bird photographs. This Pelican was lost and it kept getting worse.

When he flew in there was obvious trouble. First, Pelicans do not come to this swamp. Not a place for a novice to float around in. Worse, it was apparent one of his legs was hurt.

Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck - click to enlarge
Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck – click to enlarge

For some reason the Pelican tried to land in one of the cypress trees. Bad idea. Great Blue Herons are closely guarding their nests. The Pelican found a flat spot to land, and a Great Blue stood up and drove him to the water.

Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck - click to enlarge
Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck – click to enlarge

Bloodied but actually lucky.

Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck - click to enlarge
Pelican, Bad Day, Bad Luck – click to enlarge

The Heron missed his eye and the Pelican swam off.

His last bit of luck was good though. And he probably didn’t know it. While swimming away from the Heron he caught the attention of an Alligator. Pelicans do not swim in the same water as Alligators so he was most likely unaware of it.

However, he took to the air heading out of the swamp (actually in the direction of the ocean) leaving the Alligator behind.

The first mishap of the spring and no disaster. That’s a good thing.

Black And White Pelican

I have not finished updating our Black and White site so most likely will continue to add the photographs here.

Black And White Pelican - click to enlarge
Black And White Pelican – click to enlarge

I always enjoy working with the Pelicans. It’s easy when they are swimming since they have a tendency to just float around. Can’t get easier than that.

 

A Brown Pelican

Prehistoric is the description I always hear from people when they see this bird up close, and it’s obvious why.

A Brown Pelican - click to enlarge
A Brown Pelican – click to enlarge
A Brown Pelican - click to enlarge
A Brown Pelican – click to enlarge

This group of photographs was taken near commercial fishing boats. This allows us to get closer than the Pelicans would normally allow.

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It’s a free lunch around these shrimpers so the Pelicans and I take advantage of it.

A Brown Pelican - click to enlarge
A Brown Pelican – click to enlarge