Another Hard Day At Work
Say what you will about the pelicans…they may be a bit goofy looking but I have to admit they work hard. There were a couple out this afternoon flying all over the salt marsh area hunting for a lunch.
I can always tell a pelican is serious about fishing when I see one come gliding in, then go into a sort of hover mode before finally diving down for (hopefully) the catch!
Right after that the big guy is off again to repeat the whole process again in another location.
Before I left I saw this one pelican taking a break from work. It came up out of the marsh and sat down along the edge to dry off and enjoy a well deserved rest.
Thanks very much.
They sure do sound like they work hard. What a great closeup! He has quite an expression, and the head tufts add to the effect!
I’m glad you liked the close up shot I almost didn’t include that one. And yes you gotta live those head tufts! 🙂
Agreed. Fantastic portrait.
He was quite cooperative posing very nicely.
Ohh number 3 shot is fantastic. Definitely has the nose for it.
I’ve seen more then a few of these guys get that big nose banged up while using this fishing method. The water they often dive into is surprisingly shallow.
He looks quite intimidating up close.
Yeah but he was probably too tame for his own good. I think I could have petted him.
Thanks very much for looking!
Oh Phil, you have excelled yourself yet again! Brilliant action shots and the last one is awesome, such detail! They are so agile for such large birds!
I’m glad you liked seeing the big guy in action Maggie. They are entertaining when they really get going as opposed to the times when they mostly just float around. 🙂
Another great sequence, Phil. Do you use continous shooting to get them – it must all happen pretty fast?
Thanks, glad you liked these. I do put the camera on high speed. 8 fps for the 7D and 10 fps for the 7D MK II.
I’m happy you enjoyed them.
Wow! Best pelican photos I’ve ever seen, Phil. This guy really has quite a personality, and a zest for what he does best. 🙂
A couple of these big guys can really bring the action when they start hitting the area hard when hunting for a seafood dinner. They do go all out! 🙂