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Posts tagged “Brown Pelican

Pelican Stealing White Morph’s Fish

Here are some photos of the brown pelican scaring the white morph reddish egret in order to steal his fish.  He surprised me as well and they were too close at 700mm and ended up clipping the pelican’s wings in the first shot.  You can see the fish drop in the second photo with the pelican getting ready to enjoy his spoils in the last shot.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500MM F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

1/1600 sec @ F11, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation

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1/1600 sec @ F11, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation

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1/1600 sec @ F11, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation

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Brown Pelicans in Missing Man Formation

These brown pelicans were flying in formation in a line when three of them broke off in what looks like the missing man formation.  Taken during my second trip to Galveston’s FeatherFest.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500MM F4 IS II mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

1/1600 sec @ F5, ISO 400, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation

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Pelican in Rising Sun

In preparation for my two field trips that I’m leading to Bolivar Flats during Galveston’s FeatherFest, made a scouting trip to the coast last Sunday.  My original goal was to scout out the area but will have to try that one again as I didn’t get past the parking area due to a flock of Avocets being right there before the sun came up.

Caught this brown pelican doing a fly-by as he passed near the sun.  Was able to see him coming as I’ve learned to shoot with both eyes open, which is one of the tips in one of my classroom workshops that weekend.

Very little cropping on this shot, which made it a little more challenging than normal for a flight shot off of a ground pod with the limited range of motion from side to side.

Here is a link to the FeatherFest website.  We have several great photography leaders with both classroom workshops and field trips.  This will be my 5th year leading my events.  As of a week ago, there were a few spots left on my trips so check them out if interested.

http://www.galvestonfeatherfest.com/

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head.

Aperture priority, 1/1600 sec @ F7.1, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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Brown Pelican as a Fishbowl

Found this Brown Pelican fishing off of the Texas City dike.  It’s fun to watch them dive into the water and then to see what they come up with.  He was getting harassed by a laughing gull that would stand on his head waiting for him to come up with fish to steal.

Got this shot after the gull flew off with a fish.  The back-lighting helps with showing off the veins in his beak.  This little fish didn’t have a chance but popped up to get his picture taken.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II lens with 1.4X III teleconverter, handheld out my car window

Aperture priority, 1/2000 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +1/3 exposure compensation, 700mm

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B&W Pelican

This Brown Pelican was coming in for a landing and filled the frame.  The colors were very muted so I converted it to B&W.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

Aperture priority, 1/1600 sec @ F7.1, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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Brown Pelicans Fishing at Sunrise

Brown Pelicans were out in force last weekend at sunrise along the Gulf coast.  They would come close to shore diving for fish.  Had a blast tracking them as they flew in and dove into the water.  The take-off’s were fun as well.  Good opportunity for some action silhouette shots.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II with 1.4X III teleconverter mounted on Skimmer ground pod with Wimberley II gimbal head

Aperture priority, 1/8000 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, -2/3 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/2000 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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Aperture priority, 1/1600 sec @ F8, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +1 exposure compensation

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Pelican Close-up

Tried to go to Bolivar Flats again last Sunday after a very successful trip on Sat.  Should have known better as it’s difficult to get two good days in a row at one location.  That turned out to be the case as it was too windy, which covered up most of the sandbars and kept the birds from being out where I could reach them.  Headed back across the ferry and found this Brown Pelican just hanging out.  Got some good eye contact as he was probably wondering what I was doing.

Taken with Canon 1DX with Canon 500mm F4 IS II and 1.4x III teleconverter, handheld

1/640 sec @ F5.6, ISO 3200, +1 exposure compensation

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