American White Pelican in flight

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Not far from where I live there is a small pond where I photographed this American White Pelican in flight 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.




  1. Susan March 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    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.

    • Mia McPherson March 20, 2012 at 4:48 am

      Susan, thanks for your comment. I hope that you will have many close encounters with American White Pelicans! They should be heading your way soon.

  2. Tammy Karr March 19, 2012 at 6:49 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson March 20, 2012 at 4:47 am

      Thank you Tammy. White Pelicans are beautiful subjects!

  3. Julie G. March 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    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!

    • Mia McPherson March 20, 2012 at 4:46 am

      Thank you for your very kind comment Julie.

  4. Laurence Butler March 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

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

    • Mia McPherson March 20, 2012 at 4:46 am

      I agree Laurence, the green leaves in the background are very nice. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Scott Simmons March 19, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Nice pelican photo!

  6. Linda Rockwell March 19, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Wowie again Mia. Another totally outstanding photo!!

    • Mia McPherson March 19, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Thank you Linda, we have such amazing subjects!

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