American White Pelican in flight

Not far from where I live there is a small pond where I photographed this American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) just after it had lifted off from the water two springs ago.

I woke this morning to find the ground blanketed in fresh snow. Later this week the forecasters say it will be in the 70’s, crazy spring weather.

American White Pelican in flightAmerican White Pelican in flight – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 320, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 215mm, natural light

I don’t have to go far from home to photograph birds because of that pond being nearby but it can be a challenge trying to frame a shot where the hand of man isn’t obvious when the birds are in flight. There are power lines, power poles, tall lights from a baseball field and quite often airplanes in the sky.

What can not be seen in this image is a huge power pole just outside the left side of the frame. I cropped this image to remove it.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Wonderful birds, I discovered just last year that they nest here in Alberta. I’ve got some photos of them way off in the distance. Hopefully I will have a closer encounter sometime soon.

  2. Great photo, as always! White Pelicans are such beautiful subjects.

  3. Glorious photograph, Mia! Gosh, if you would not have mentioned the power lines, etc. surrounding the pond, I would have thought this photo was taken at a pond with only lush green vegetation in the area. Beautiful work, as always!

  4. Lovely shot, nice to get some green foliage in the background.

  5. Wowie again Mia. Another totally outstanding photo!!

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