Judy Haran  

White Pelicans by Judy Haran

June 2022 - White Pelicans

June 2022 - Judy Haran


About the Image(s)

These white pelicans landed in my back pond for a week last February and gave me lots of time to experiment with shots.
Nikon D500, 500PF, f/6.3, I/3200, ISO 450. I edited in black and white to get the contrast between the black eyes, black feathers, and white feathers.

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7 comments posted

Leslie Larson   Leslie Larson
Glad to see the pelican on the end got deleted and you flipped it to make it read from left to right. Personally I like the yellow bills to show, but it works in B&W also.   Posted: 06/09/2022 11:42:03

Cami Marculescu   Cami Marculescu
I like the black and white rendition of this photo, and i love it is an action shot.   Posted: 06/10/2022 10:37:21

Donald Dunn   Donald Dunn
Great photo.   Posted: 06/10/2022 11:34:57

Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Hi Judy, How lucky that you had a visit from the Pelicans? I agree, the best photo opportunities are right in the backyard.
It is an awesome photo. You got all the pelicans in sharp focus. I also like the black and white version of the photo. I also like that you captured the first Pelican with its wings open. It gives the photo a lot of excitement.   Posted: 06/13/2022 12:38:10

Peter Dominowski   Peter Dominowski
I wouldn't have thought to process this in B & W but it works! Very creative.   Posted: 06/14/2022 14:05:23

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
We never get to see White Pelicans on east coast (in fact even Brown Pelicans are scarce but I would think in the fishing areas at the beach they gather). I get to see them when we go to Captiva (but I think the white Pelicans are early in the year). Mostly just brown in summer. But I've been over there earlier in the spring and was stunned at how big they are!. Lucky you!

Like the B&W presentations ... are they all mature or are the mature chicks? Can't tell from size context because the wings might just make the front one look big.

The image is really nice and your processing has presented these birds beautifully. Isn't it nice yto have them so close?

  Posted: 06/18/2022 20:30:31
Judy Haran   Judy Haran
Thank you. Over the two weeks they were around, there were at least 50. Didn't seem to be chicks, and none of them had the big knob on the beak for breeding signs. There was something with the water here in our ponds that attracted a lot of armored catfish and that's what they were going after. The fish remains attracted a lot of vultures, and I was worried they would stay, but after mid April all were gone.   Posted: 06/18/2022 21:25:01