American White Pelicans

Well, I spent all day yesterday at the Quivira NWR, looking for Whooping Cranes … none to be found. About midway through the day, the arctic cold front passed through the area and the winds changed from a southerly wind to a northerly wind, and with gusts that would about blow you over! In fact, if any of the Whooping Cranes were up in the air and on their way to Quivira NWR, I’m guessing they are already on the Gulf Coast! :o)

With my second straight trip to Quivira NWR to photograph the Whoopers under my belt, I’m now sitting at 0-2. Not a great record, but it’s gotta get better! So today’s post is not with some Whooping Crane images, but images of an American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) that flew overhead while I was on the refuge:

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

Today is another travel day as I move westward, with the Colorado Rockies as my next destination. For the second straight year, I’ve got my sights on capturing some headbutting from the Bighorn Sheep rams of Waterton Canyon. I’m certainly hoping for better luck here than with the whoopers!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF500mm, f/4 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with Wemberly gimbal head
  • ISO 320
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/2000 sec.




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