Pierre Williot  

White Pelican Lost in Buffalo, NY by Pierre Williot

November 2019 - White Pelican Lost in Buffalo, NY

About the Image(s)

Equipment: Lumix DC-G9, Olympus M-Zuiko 300mm f/4.0 Pro, Hand held
Setup: ISO 400, 300 mm (full frame equivalent 600 mm), f/5.6, 1/250 sec

This is an American White Pelican that I saw at TIFFT Nature preserve, just South of Buffalo, NY, outside its regular migration path on October 20th

7 comments posted

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
White pelicans are not easy to photograph due to the contrast between black and white feathers. But you have handled this well in this image. I love the stretched up wings which are so perfectly reflected in the water. Its also well cropped to give the bird plenty of space to swim into. I like this image very much.   Posted: 11/07/2019 16:28:11
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thanks for these nice comments. I was quite surprised to see this bird in that location. Since then, other white pelicans were seen around Buffalo!   Posted: 11/08/2019 18:24:12

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Pierre, you have captured the pelican with an excellent wing angle. There is a nice reflection of the bird, also. The exposure on the bird is well done except for a small white area behind the neck which appears a little over exposed. Cropping the image to include less of the water might remove some of the distractions from the water. The bird appears a little soft and might be helped by using one of the sharpening choices. An increase in the contrast might be helpful.   Posted: 11/08/2019 14:28:12
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Thank you.
This Pelican was pretty far away. This was captured with an equivalent full frame of 600 mm at 1/125 sec. I took full advantage of the 6.5 stop stabilization offered by the combo lens and camera.   Posted: 11/08/2019 18:27:00
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Usually , even with a high stabilization, at 600 mm some kind of stabilization is needed especially at that low shutter speed. Not necessarily a tripod, but boardwalk railing, leaning against a post or tree, or something else to decrease shake.   Posted: 11/09/2019 12:55:37

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Good catch with wings extended and the reflection and the ripples in the water. The image looks a little soft to me but that is to be expected with such a long lens extension.   Posted: 11/09/2019 18:54:56

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
You did well hand holding at 1/250 sec 600mm. I always like it when the bird is doing something and in this case the raised wings just does that, Well done Pierre. I was beginning to wonder if you folks had pelicans over your way especially ones with a lot of white showing.   Posted: 11/10/2019 01:30:57


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