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 I watched an adult brown pelican come gliding in from out over the salt marsh. Soon he was joined topside by a friend, then flew solo again across the water.
They’re actually quite graceful for their size – in flight. 🙂
Yes they are very nice flyers but when fishing they dive and hit the water like they were just tossed out of a moving vehicle at high speed. Very unlike the fishing technique of the white pelicans.
I think pelicans are some of the nicest gliders. Great shots.
Thanks Lyle, glad you liked these pelican shots. They do glide rather elegantly but then hit the water with apparent total disregard for personal safety.
never saw a brown pelican, as always awesome pictures!
Glad I was able to show you the very interesting brown pelican. These are adults and are no longer very brown, but as juveniles they are mostly brown. I have a series of a juvie brown pelican queued up for posting soon.
A tandem flight. How cool!
It is funny when they match each other’s speed and direction.
Incredible captures Phil
Thanks a bunch Edith I’m happy you like these pelican pics!
Great Birds–Great Capture!! Thanks, Phil!!
Thank you very much for checking these out I appreciate it!
Stunning action shots!! Phil, I have to ask… what kind of camera do you use and what type of zoom lens? I’m sure the lens is one that is hugely out of my price range. Your shots are stunning and so crisp. I know you spend a lot of time patiently waiting, and you have an eye for nature photography, but I’m curious about the tools of your trade.
Well thanks very much for your kind words and I’m thrilled you enjoy the photos!
I use a Canon 7D with a Canon 300 f4 often with a 1.4 extender attached. The 300 is not terribly expensive and in my view is one of the all time single best value lenses Canon makes in terms of sharpness and image quality in it’s class.
Thanks Phil! I really enjoy your work. Just amazing!
I appreciate that, thank you much!
Fabulous pics, Phil. We had one doing some extremely low flying over our pond today. I wish I could get pics like yours. 🙂
They are very nice flyers just rough landers. 😕 Thanks, glad you liked these Sylvia!
Reblogged this on skyhawk551.
Thanks much for the reblog, I appreciate it! 🙂
Very beautiful Phil. I never get to see pelicans so I can only imagine what a thrill this is to see them as often as you do.
During the summer we mostly see brown pelicans from the beach flying in close low above the ocean but then in winter some come off the beach a bit and check out the marsh. Thanks I’m glad you liked these pics!
Great action shots!!!
Thanks Jan I appreciate you checking them out!
Lovely pictures Phil, the detail in the last one is brilliant! They are so elegant in flight.
They certainly are much nicer flyers then they are landers. They really hit the water hard and quite ungracefully.
Thanks much Maggie!
Hi Phil. I am an artist painter and I would like to use one of your brown Pelican photos as a reference for a piece I am working on. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks, Frank.
Hi Frank, thanks for writing and I appreciate your interest in my photos.
By all means go ahead and feel free to use the pelican pic as reference for your art.
Once you have the piece completed I would love to see a picture so if you get a chance email a shot over to me.
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