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Diving Brown Pelican

Photograph of two brown pelicans, one of them diving, off the coast of Florida

Two Brown Pelicans patrolled the waters off the Gulf Coast of Florida.  One of them decided its next meal was waiting below.


Landing Pelican

photograph of a brown pelican landing on a beach on the Florida Gulf Coast

I tracked this Brown Pelican in my camera as it came soaring in from the Gulf Of Mexico.  As luck would have it the pelican decided to land on the beach just in front of me.  There’s no substitute for being in the right place at the right time.

Brown Pelican On Rocks

photograph of a Brown Pelican standing on rocks by the shore

I saw this Brown Pelican standing on some rocks by the shore while I was visiting Bonita Springs, Florida.  The pelican practically posed as I approached with my camera.

Brown Pelicans are a little funny looking but when I’m at the beach I love watching them soar along in the wind.  They frequently glide along, just above the waves, in small groups and seem to have perfected the art of efficient flight.

Brown Pelican early morning blur at Alafia Banks

Brown Pelican blur at Alafia Banks

Brown Pelican blur in the early morning. This photograph was created in Alafia Banks, Florida.

ISO 500 | f/4 | 1/10 | +2/3 of manual exposure compensation | Tv Mode | AI servo rear focusing

This photograph was created with the Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM lens (Canon 600mm f/4 L IS II USM review), the Canon EOS 5D mark III on a Gimbal head and tripod. Have a look at the equipment I typically carry with me.


The photograph above is a Brown Pelican in flight! One could wonder if it is not some kind UFO 🙂 A good technique to create pleasing blurs is to shoot in Tv mode to have total control over the shutter speed. A shutter speed between 1/10 to 1/30 typically gives the best results for me. If you camera body allows it, leave your ISO in auto with a cap at 3200 or a bit less if you have a 7D.

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