I previously worked as a news and sports photographer. Recently I have been enjoying wildlife photography. My approach toward bird photos is similar to sports photography. I attempt to capture mostly action and hopefully a unique perspective.
Earlier this week we had just this one white pelican show up at the marsh pond where he floated around and fed for a short time.
Here, he water skied in for a landing, where he immediately started fishing as soon as he hit the water!
Beautiful like usual
Thank you so much Sophie!
Sembra molto soddisfatto dopo essere planato nell’acqua.
Bellissime foto Phil
superb flight shots phil! How many pelicans are still at the park?
Thanks Gareth. There was just this one on Wed and Thur but it’s gone now.
Another Great Set!–Love those big white birds. Thanks Again!
Those birds really are huge. Thanks I appreciate your kind words!
Mmmm… yummy shots! 😉
Hey thanks glad you like ’em!
Those water ski landings are wonderful. I never tire of them.
I like that too but I’m just happy that this guy took flight so I could get some shots. Prior to that he was just floating around and being lazy.
I have watched waterskiers on Windermere in our Lake District, here in the UK, that weren’t as graceful as him!
These white pelicans are so much more graceful then the brown pelicans who hit the water like they were just tossed out of a moving vehicle.
Pelicans are one of my favorite birds. I can watch them fish for hours.
Yes they really are enjoyable to watch. You can have a nice day on the beach watching pelicans do their thing.
Agreed. Once in the Florida Keys I watched them for hours as they flew up into the air and dove back into the water. I think there was six or eight of them that acted in unison. It was very cool.
I have heard that the fishing technique of the brown pelican shortens their life span. That constant diving and pounding of the water from above hurts their eyes and damages their heads over time. The white pelicans fish in an entirely different manner which is much less stressful on the body.
That is very interesting. I can see that being hard on their body and head for sure.
What a landing. Then suddenly all quiet, folded up, and down to work. Loved the extended feathers in flight!
They have these really gigantic wings and are so much larger then most any other bird out there. Gotta love the white pelicans!
A mighty beak and flashy legs 🙂
He does have cute legs. 🙂
He looks so relaxed in the second photo, effortlessly doing what he’s good at. Great capture, Phil.
They are much more relaxed then the brown pelicans who turn every fishing dive into a painful adventure.
Thanks very much!
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