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Brown Pelicans

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Louis Champan, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. It's been at least 4 years since I've seen pelicans out in front of our place along the Washington coast, maybe they've always been there at times and I've just missed them. In any event, last month over the July 4th Holiday, while out looking for eagles and shore birds I came across a group of Brown Pelicans much to my surprise. I first spotted them out a few hundreds yards off shore diving and feeding and within in an hour they were all on the shore preening.
    All shot with D5, 600mm & TC1.4 and or the 200-500 out the window of my truck.

    1.
    500_6576 72wf.
    NIKON D500    600.0 mm f/4.0    850mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    ISO 720


    2.
    DSC_5424 72wf.
    NIKON D5    200.0-500.0 mm f/5.6    500mm    f/8.0    1/2500s    ISO 560


    3.
    500_6637 72wf.
    NIKON D500    600.0 mm f/4.0    850mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    ISO 560


    4.
    DSC_5435 72wf.
    NIKON D5    200.0-500.0 mm f/5.6    500mm    f/8.0    1/2500s    ISO 560


    5.
    DSC_5369 72wf.
    NIKON D5    200.0-500.0 mm f/5.6    500mm    f/8.0    1/2500s    ISO 640


    Louie
     
  2. rick_reno

    rick_reno

    Dec 3, 2012
    N Idaho
    Love 2 to 5 in this set, really beautiful when framed with the sky in the background.
     
  3. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    Karen
    Wow! What clarity, detail and beautiful backgrounds!!!!! NICE! I think #1, 2 and 3 are my favs, but that could change the next time I view them.

    So how do you pan flying birds from the truck? Have you removed the side mirror? :eek:  That blamed mirror is always in my way! LOL! AND our new truck side window sill drops about 5-6" in the middle of the window. AND it has much bigger side mirrors. Guess I'll have to take a back seat and give up control in the driver's seat! Oh NO!!!!!!
     
  4. The clarity was the first thing that hit me, and then the compositions! Bravo!
     
  5. MRIMATT63

    MRIMATT63

    362
    Jan 27, 2008
    Allen, TX
    Beautiful photographs ! Number 3 is the best for me.
     
  6. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    Amazing clarity, looks 3D
     
  7. They work well - reminds me of Florida. :) 
     
  8. West

    West

    Jan 2, 2012
    Vancouver BC
    Very nice, every year we are getting more and more southern species up here.
     
  9. drr1531

    drr1531

    Jan 2, 2009
    Alaska
    Excellent set, Louie. Looks they're almost all juvies. Maybe they're lost :) 
     
  10. Louie I love each one of these. So well done.
     
  11. Great set Louie! I shoot that combo a lot and I am always amazed at what the 200-500 can do. Pretty amazing lens at any cost.
     
  12. Louie, you definitely have the knack of capturing birds in flight. Nice subjects and good captures
     
  13. Thanks very much Rick. I was lucky on this morning the light came up very nice for me.

    Many thanks Karen, I appreciate your comments. I always shoot on a bean bag out the window and just pan on the bag, not the best but works for me most of the time.

    Thank you Nick.

    Thank you very much for your comments.

    Many thanks Randy.
     
  14. As always, tack sharp photos.
     
  15. Clarity is the word that describes these wonderful images best. Each and everyone of them shows great separation of subject from background! Excellent work as usual Louis
     
  16. 1 & 2 are special, the rest just very good (y)
     
  17. Nice Pelikeet shots!
     
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