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Post by minniev » Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:25 pm

I'm trying to learn how to take a decent picture of these characters before they fly away for good. They form a long line wherever they go, with few interruptions so it is hard to isolate one or two. Which of these are better and what else can you suggest in terms of shooting and framing and processing? I am shooting at high speeds, 1/1200-2000 with varying apertures and 200-400 ISO based on lighting and how many pellies are piled up in the row. There is not much of anything behind them except the occasional egret. and that grass. Their flight pattern is always low horizontal and usually left to right, never angled towards me. (The one going the other way here is flipped).

And if you know what that one is doing in the last shot with his bill straight up, please tell me. They do that fairly often, while just sitting around in their group. They don't appear to be dipping up anything before they do this. Are they stretching? Yawning? Practicing something? I dunno.
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Post by Psjunkie » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:43 pm

It's pouch maintenance...according to google. Pics look descent to me

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Post by Matt Quinn » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:14 am

Psjunkie wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:43 pm
It's pouch maintenance...according to google. Pics look descent to me
I think he's singing Danny Boy:"...but come ye baaaack..."

I like them as is, Minnie. Matt
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Post by LindaShorey » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:25 am

I have seen that behavior and never bothered to be curious about what they are doing! Glad Frank found the info.

I've shot groups of American white pelicans often, and I think yours are nicely done, Minnie, for the interesting surroundings of #1 and #2 and the one in flight in #3. #2 looks like some tree limb shadows on them, but 1 & 3 and yours from another day seem fairly dingy colored - more gray than white. Is that how they are? Because when I see them here, from April - July mostly, they are extremely white colored. (I'm beginning to think those stray egrets are pelican wanna-bees!)
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Post by PietFrancke » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:47 am

I am envious

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Post by minniev » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:56 pm

Psjunkie wrote:
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It's pouch maintenance...according to google. Pics look descent to me
Thanks Frank, for the approval and for the info, I never knew about their maintenance schedule! :)
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Post by minniev » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:59 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:14 am

I think he's singing Danny Boy:"...but come ye baaaack..."

I like them as is, Minnie. Matt
Matt you are hilarious. Love your sense of humor!
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Post by minniev » Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:05 pm

LindaShorey wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:25 am
I have seen that behavior and never bothered to be curious about what they are doing! Glad Frank found the info.

I've shot groups of American white pelicans often, and I think yours are nicely done, Minnie, for the interesting surroundings of #1 and #2 and the one in flight in #3. #2 looks like some tree limb shadows on them, but 1 & 3 and yours from another day seem fairly dingy colored - more gray than white. Is that how they are? Because when I see them here, from April - July mostly, they are extremely white colored. (I'm beginning to think those stray egrets are pelican wanna-bees!)
Thanks Linda. They are a little dingy, maybe from the water, our water is very brown from tannic acid. Some are really filthy, but they spend a lot of time cleaning up and there's a veil of feathers on the bay they've claimed, so I guess they are aware of it. Those I've seen in Yellowstone are almost blue-white. Maybe I can brighten them up! And yeah, there's shadows on that one shot of them huddled against the bank.
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Post by minniev » Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:05 pm

PietFrancke wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:47 am
I am envious
It is good to have them around in numbers this year, though the folks in the neighborhood aren't happy.
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Post by PietFrancke » Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:26 pm

minniev wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:05 pm
PietFrancke wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:47 am
I am envious
It is good to have them around in numbers this year, though the folks in the neighborhood aren't happy.
LOL - I am assuming these birds eat a lot of fish, and the guys that fish hate them?

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