Pelicans Hit The Salt Marsh
This afternoon I arrived at the salt marsh during high tide and was greeted by a small group of adult brown pelicans actively fishing. Brown pelicans are elegant flyers but they always seem to risk life and limb utilizing their fishing technique which is to dive head first into the water. However it is always interesting and entertaining to watch these big birds in action!
Wow, next time could you get cooer, thanks!
Heh heh, I practically had these guys sitting in my lap, I was cutting off wing tips all over the place!
The problem with long lenses!
I know and I don’t even have any super huge big bucks telephoto. I just use a 300 f4 usually with a 1.4 attached.
But those birds just insist on coming right over to me. Such complaints right?! 🙂
Amazing captures Phil.
I appreciate that Edith, thanks much!
Wowwwww, che foto eccezionali!!
Hey Grazie Pat! 😀
Phil, this is some of your most outstanding work! These shots are most excellent!
I’m very happy to hear you enjoyed these thanks!
Nice Shots! They are fun to watch and fun to photograph!
Yes they sure are fun! Thanks very much for looking and commenting!
Gull wing Mercedes Benz comes to mind, lol. Very elegant guy! Scary fishing technique. Really striking to see it. That last photo is awesome! 🙂
Thanks a bunch for checking these out and for your kind words.
I have heard that their fishing technique is bad for their eyes and their heads and actually shortens their life span.
Makes sense, they really blast into that water hard at times.
Great diving shots! I always seem to get the end of the tail feathers when I try and get those shots.
Thanks glad you liked these pelican shots! I had a few opportunities to try to grab some dive shots and I never got exactly what I wanted but did mange to come up with something I could use.
Such fantastic diving captures. Can’t believe the frame with just his head in the water. Bet you were thrilled when you saw you caught that.
Thanks a bunch Emily I’m glad you enjoyed these. I was fortunate that I had a group hang out in the near area for long enough for me to grab some halfway decent shots.
Wow – fantastic shots. That head plant photo is pretty special.
Thanks a million, glad you enjoyed these penguin pics. It was a nice distraction from recent events to be out and then have something to concentrate on. At one point I wasn’t sure which one to follow and pay attention to, but that was also the fun in it.
You really have a gift for bringing nature to life through pictures. 🙂
I appreciate that very much, thanks!
Truly Stunning Shot I have ever seen. Congrats, my friend !!!
Thank you so much for looking and commenting and I’m very happy you enjoyed these photos!
I do love watching all of your works, Thank you very much 🙂
That’s very nice to hear, thanks very much, I appreciate it!
You are most welcome. I am still learning photography so looking at what you see through your lens is very exciting. 🙂 Thank you.
I appreciate you telling me that, thank you!
It finally was dry enough and warm enough (45F!) for me to get out to work today, and the pelicans were out in force, too. I’m working next to a large channel right now, that has good tidal action and plenty of fish. My goodness, they were having a wonderful time. How nice to come here and see my friends in such detail – impossible when I’m just watching them on the water.
They are a real treat to watch aren’t they?! 🙂
It was 74 here yesterday but then temps dropped 30 degrees today and then right back to 70s tomorrow. So I might wait for tomorrow to head back out again. 🙂
Wow Gorgeous serie.
The second one is awesome Phil !!
Have a nice day
Well I am so happy you liked these pelican photos Sophie, thanks very much!
Great action shots Phil, excellent work.
I appreciate that Jan, thank you.
Perfect action shots… crisp and elegant 🙂
Thanks a million for checking out these photos and for your very kind words!
WOW! What a diving… and what a great photographs… Fascinated me. But always your photography fascinates me. Thank you dear Phil, love, nia
It’s nice to know you liked these pelican photos Nia, thank you very much!
What stunning shots, Phil! The detail is fantastic! I love the expression in the last one.
Thanks a bunch Maggie, as always I greatly appreciate your interest and support.
It was good to get out yesterday and have the opportunity to think of something other then our recent loss.
These big goofy birds were the perfect distraction.
Been thinking of you both so much the last few days, Phil.
Alyce and I appreciate that tremendously Maggie.
That’s just… wow!
Hey! Thanks very much! 🙂
Their technique almost makes it look like they’re headed for a crash landing! But jeez Louise, your photos never cease to amaze!
Pretty much every dive they make turns out to be a crash. But even diving into water I understand hurts their heads and eyes and shortens their life spans. Makes sense to me when I see them blast head first into sometimes shallow water.
The first time i saw one crash into the water, I thought it was an accident. they still make me laugh. Great pictures, as usual.
Oh I know! It’s hard to believe an animal would dive into water like that voluntarily!
Thanks, glad you like these!
Amazing captures, Phil!
Hey thanks a bunch Gracie! Glad you enjoyed these pelican pics!
Once again, outstanding series. Just beautiful.
Well thank you very much I’m really happy you enjoyed these. 🙂
At the risk of being inarticulate – oh wow!
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