Low Flying Beauty

Today’s post was captured yesterday morning during the last 1/2 day of my “Wintering Bald Eagles” photo workshop, on the Mississippi River. Temperatures had significantly warmed up and the bald eagle activity was waning. But we were again graced with a single American White Pelican (as well as a Great Blue Heron, and a few feeding bald eagles).

This single pelican was quite the “show boat”. He would start at the end of the water pool and swim across, in front of us, and down the river until we lost sight of him … but in about 30 minutes, we would see him swimming (or, on one occasion, flying back) back to the other end. He continued this fishing scheme for most of the morning. Here are a few images I captured of one of his trips by us, as he flew low over the Mississippi River:

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

In another post, I’ll share some interesting images I captured of him catching a “lunker” fish. :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, with Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 560mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 3200 (cloudy conditions necessitated a high ISO to keep the shutter speeds up)
  • Aperture f/8
  • Shutter 1/1600 sec. to 1/3200 sec.




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