Today’s post features some images I captured this past Saturday. While on a ladder cleaning out the garage gutter, I saw a lot of black shadows passing along the shingles of the roof. Looking up, I saw a group of about 25-30 American White Pelicans gliding overhead. I quickly got off the ladder, ran inside and grabbed my camera, and ran back outside … but the group was gone!
So taking a few minutes off from my gutter cleaning, I walked around to the lakeside of the house. Coming across the lake was another couple of groups of the pelicans. As they approached, I captured these images of the large, white birds:
This next image is a closeup of the pelican on the righthand side (in the image above). Note the “horn” on his beak. This is a rounded keel that is a sign of a breeding pelican:
American White Pelicans are common here, during the spring migration. However, this year they decided not to stop and fish in our cove … I was hoping they would stop for the day so I could get the kayak out and get some fishing images … but not this year!
Coming up … I spent most of yesterday capturing wildflower images at both Ha Ha Tonka State Park, followed by a hike on the woodland trail at Fiery Fork Conservation Area (both in Missouri). I identified at least a dozen different wildflowers, along with a few unidentified ones. Stay tuned for some new wildflower images.
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 5D Mark 3 body
- Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
- Handheld, with IS “On”
- ISO 400
- Aperture f/5.6
- Shutter Speed 1/6000 sec. and 1/8000 sec.