Brown Pelicans on the Gulf of Mexico

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Adult Brown Pelican in breeding plumageAdult Brown Pelican in breeding plumage – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/750, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

The forecast is calling for snow today and there is already a heavy cloud cover so looked back through my files and found some Brown Pelicans on the Gulf of Mexico images taken on a warm February morning in Florida to post today. Brown Pelicans along the coast in Florida are very common and even though they were I tried not to overlook them as subjects for my photography while I lived there.

Adult Brown Pelican floating on the Gulf of MexicoAdult Brown Pelican floating on the Gulf of Mexico – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

For all of these images I was laying on the sand of the shoreline to obtain a low angle perspective, I wanted to be eye level with the pelicans.

Brown Pelicans on the Gulf of MexicoBrown Pelicans on the Gulf of Mexico – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

In this last image I like how the out of focus pelican in the background adds a feeling of depth to this frame and how the beautiful color of the Gulf of Mexico helps the Brown Pelican in the foreground to stand out.

Mia

8 Comments

  1. Mia McPherson February 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for your comments on this post Judy, Laurence, Sherry, Bob, Wally, Julie and Pierre.

    Pierre, thanks for visiting my blog! I hope that you are able to get Brown Pelican images soon.

  2. Pierre Cenerelli February 20, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Absolutely beautiful shots… I would love to see pelicans one of these days. Guess I’ll have to go south to do that, since they don’t reach Vancouver.

  3. Julie G. February 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    The low angle really makes a difference. Beautiful images! It’s always fun to photograph pelicans.

  4. Wally February 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Spectacular pictures of my neighbors! I hope to visit them soon. Need a salt air “fix”!

  5. Bob Bushell February 20, 2013 at 9:04 am

    You are brilliant, nice to see the Brown Pelican.

  6. Sherry in MT February 20, 2013 at 8:14 am

    They look like such wise birds. It is hard to remember to photograph the more common birds among us I know. I’m that way about gulls. Still all of your images bring such wonder to them!

  7. Laurence Butler February 20, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Nice shots Mia. Pelican always remind me of the old three masts frigates as they coast along flat water. Such cool and crazy birds.

  8. judy watson February 20, 2013 at 5:47 am

    What beautiful photos.

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