Brown Pelicans, Murrells Inlet SC

As a general rule, I like big birds.  They don’t flit around or hide in dense bushes.

On the other hand, when they do move,  they can quite quickly move out of the camera’s frame.

Exactly because they aren’t rare, pelicans offer me the chance to get them in motion, making good photographic subjects.  Although there is that regrettable tendency to poop and to pose in the same place . . .

Full-frame shot of brown pelican sitting on pier post.

Full-frame shot of brown pelican splashing water with beak.

Full-frame shot of brown pelican in pond, wings flared.

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6 Comments

  1. Alison

    I seem to see lots of them, and I’m not a “birder”. Turns out the white pelicans are common in Alberta – which I am happy to hear, and always enjoy seeing them – although I’d trade you for a pretty red cardinal?

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Alison – Yes, my bird book shows the American White pelican as summering in the American West and the Canadian Prairie provinces. The Brown Pelican seems to be limited to the east coast (Virginia, down to the Caribbean, and around the Gulf Coast and up into Texas and Oklahoma – if I’m deciphering the states correctly). We have cardinals here in Myrtle Beach, too – quite cheery, especially outside our bedroom window in the early AM.

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