A fishing American White Pelican at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

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A fishing American White PelicanA fishing American White Pelican – Nikon D810, f8, 1/4000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

This American White Pelican image was taken in July near the auto tour loop at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and I like how it shows the pelican fishing for food.

I remember seeing American White Pelicans during the winter in Florida but they were harder for me to approach and photograph there than they are here during the breeding season in Utah. I saw a few of them when I was in Montana recently at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge too but not nearly as many as I had seen up there during the breeding season.

I’d like to share an article published this week called A Lens on Nature Four Ace Photographers and the Wildlife Refuges They Love because some of my images are published with the article and it shares some of my thoughts about photographing at Utah’s Bear River Migratory Bird refuge. Enjoy!

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover September 20, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Another great image from an ace photographer and congratulations on the recognition.

  2. Elephant's Child September 20, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Love the pelican. So similar to ours – and so different. Off to check out the article. Thank you.

  3. April Olson September 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing the article.

  4. Patty Chadwick September 20, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Checked out your link, “Ace”…liked what I saw and read…still think those “rushing” birds look like they have their heads on upside down! They are such a combination of elegant and goony!!! Your sure are earning some nice attention…and well- deserved respect! KUDOS!!!

  5. Bob Mcpherson September 20, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Wondeerful image, Mia ,

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