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The Great Nikonian Pelican shoot

dm1dave

Lowden, US
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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006
Tue 20-Aug-13 04:06 AM | edited Tue 20-Aug-13 04:07 AM by dm1dave

I had a great opportunity to go out shooting with a couple Nikonian friends over the weekend. Scott (Bump57) came up from Peoria, IL and we joined up with Paul (pdekman) on the Iowa River for an afternoon of pelican hunting. I loaned Scott my wife’s kayak and we had a nice float down stream into Pelican land.

We had hundreds of birds on the river but they were not quite as cooperative as my last time out. They were more dispersed around the shallow waters. A fairly strong breeze encouraged large groups of birds to swirl up and sore high on the thermals. We still had a great time and came away with some great shots.

Two of my best of the day were of one of the first pelican that we encountered.

D800 | 400/f2.8VR + TC-17E
f/6.3 | 1/2000s | ISO-200

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I didn't notice right away but this bird has lost a foot. He is banded but I have the back of the band without any numbers showing.


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