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.
Yesterday afternoon a brown pelican was floating along in the salt marsh when it suddenly did… this!
I’m not sure if it was simply shaking water off itself or had something caught in it’s throat, but I’ve never seen a pelican twist their head and huge bill in this manner.
Wonderful photograph, great timing!
Thanks! First time I ever saw one do this and still can’t believe it even could twist that huge bill into that skinny shape.
Awesome shot and perfect timing Phil.
Thank you Jan, it was an odd sight and I did not realize how odd until I looked at the photo later.
Dang – forgot to check the expiry date on that last batch of seafood!
Maybe it was a mistake to order the fish prepared Extra Spicy. 😯
This why we never get bored with nature….there’s always something new.
You are 100% correct Steve and that’s a big reason I keep going back out there so often.
Amazing shot, Phil, and I like that you captured the nictating membrane, too!
Thanks I’m glad you liked seeing my pelican pal getting all shook up. 🙂
Amazeballs shot, Phil! I hope if there was something stuck in his throat it came back up…
Looked like he might have been trying to hack up a hairball. Uh, I mean featherball.
His bill IS amazing !
I didn’t even know they could do that with their bill. It is quite amazing!
It really was !!!
You never know what you might see out there!
He looks like a gladiolus before it opens. Beautiful shot.
Yes he does! Good observation! Glad you liked this shot.
Thanks very much Hans glad you liked it!
Was he alright later on?
Oh he was perfectly fine. I have photos of him right after but they are not as much fun. 🙂
That is something Phil. Maybe you are the only one to ever record it.
I don’t know if I’m the only one ever but it’s a first for me.
That’s quite an agonized look on his face, Phil. I hope he’s okay. 🙂 Great shot!
He was perfectly fine later Sylvia, he was probably just showing off for his friends!
That’s not the way I would show off. 🙂
I suspect this particular pelican may be just a little *different* 🙂
You never cease to amaze at the unique shots you catch!
I am really happy you enjoy seeing the fun things that happen in the marsh!
Brilliant shot Phil (yet again!). It looks really strange, almost like something from a scifi film!
It DOES look like something from a sci fi film!
Well if I see something like it in the next Star Wars movie I’ll know where they got it! 😉 😀
😀 whatever the reason, the result is very entertaining.. marvelously captured 🙂
That’s a big part of what keeps me going back out there, you never know what you might see on any given day. 🙂
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