American White Pelican defecating while in flight – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
Yesterday I shared a few of the wading birds I saw on my last trip up to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and today I am sharing photos of an American White Pelican I photographed on the same day. I was waiting and watching for Forster’s Terns to fly by and a few pelicans took off from the north and flew in close enough to photograph in flight. A couple of the pelicans flew in small groups of three and four and a few flew by themselves. It is always hard to get all of these large white birds sharp in a group so a few times I opted to focus on the single birds because it is by far easier to get one bird sharp.
When I focused on this bird I didn’t know I’d be photographing an American White Pelican dumping a load while flying over the marshes at the refuge with the Promontory Mountains in the background. This is a great example of why people should keep their mouths closed when these white pelicans fly directly over our heads though!
American White Pelican pooping while in flight – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 320, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
I took five frames of this American White Pelican pooping in flight before it stopped relieving itself and continued its flight to the southeast. These aren’t spectacular photos but I always find pooping bird photos a bit funny and of course these images do document natural behavior.
Life is good.