It isn’t all that often that I am able to obtain portraits of wild birds so when I had an opportunity last month to take these American White Pelican portraits I jumped at the chance. This pelican and another were foraging near a road on the auto tour of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge when this one came closer to the road than I thought it would. I like portraits because they show details in the face that aren’t as easily seen as compared to a full body shot. In this frame I also caught one of the tiny fish in mid air that the pelican caught about 1/3 of the way from the tip of the bill.
I like this frame because of the water droplets. I took several other portraits of this pelican that morning along with some full body images too. I always feel honored when wild birds feel comfortable enough in my presence to come closer than I expect. It happened more frequently in Florida because the birds were more used to human presence than they are here in Utah.
Life is good.
Even when it is cloudy and there isn’t enough light to go shooting. 🙂