American White Pelican in flight

Not far from where I live there is a small pond where I photographed this American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) just after it had lifted off from the water two springs ago.

I woke this morning to find the ground blanketed in fresh snow. Later this week the forecasters say it will be in the 70′s, crazy spring weather.

American White Pelican in flightAmerican White Pelican in flight – Nikon D200, tripod mounted, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 320, +1.0 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 215mm, natural light

I don’t have to go far from home to photograph birds because of that pond being nearby but it can be a challenge trying to frame a shot where the hand of man isn’t obvious when the birds are in flight. There are power lines, power poles, tall lights from a baseball field and quite often airplanes in the sky.

What can not be seen in this image is a huge power pole just outside the left side of the frame. I cropped this image to remove it.

Mia

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