The brown pelican certainly appears to enjoy itself, gliding through the air with a seven-foot wing span and a body weight of about seven pounds. And if you like ‘sevens”, the brown pelican is the smallest of the world’s seven species of pelicans.
A brown pelican flies over the Carmel River Lagoon and into the sun yesterday with a beady blue eye. Note how the end of its bill is yellow.
If only there had been blue skies…I went to Carmel River Lagoon yesterday morning to photograph brown pelicans, but, unfortunately, it was another overcast day, so the contrast between the bird and the sky were a little dull. I shot with a Nikon 5100 in sports mode with auto focus with the vibration sensor off.Continue reading “Pelican Up Close…”
Okay, Day Three and no shots of people yet, just my old standby, the brown pelican. Most of my pelican captures have them flying over me, sometimes by me but rarely, like this one, gliding below me. Took this shot with a 300 mm lens while standing on a cliff looking down on the PacificContinue reading “Pelican Perspective”
The wing span of a brown pelican ranges from 6.5 feet to 7.5 feet. While that seems large to me, the brown pelican is the smallest of the seven species of pelicans in the world, according to bird books. This is the best shot I’ve taken of a pelican with wings spread out fully.
The California Brown Pelican was removed from the endangered list in January 2009. I took this photo six years ago to celebrate in my own way the triumphant recovery of this magnificent bird. Wanted to capture the wing span, close to 80-inches, that to me, gives the pelican an eagle-like look when it glides alongContinue reading “The California Brown Pelican”