Brown Pelicans on the Gulf of Mexico

Adult Brown Pelican in breeding plumage

Adult 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 Pelican 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

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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.

8 Comments

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

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

  5. You are brilliant, nice to see the Brown Pelican.

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

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