Texas Pelicans

On a recent visit to Surfside Beach, on the Texas Gulf Coast south of Houston, I observed several groups of Brown Pelicans. They were diving into the Gulf waters for fish, but unfortunately so far offshore that I could not photograph that activity. Often, however, their flight patterns took them closer to the shoreline.

Sometime the pelicans would fly in formation.

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Canon EOS 7D (105mm, f/5, 1/2000 sec, ISO320) Brown Pelicans over the Gulf of Mexico near Surfside Beach, Texas

A few times, though, an individual would fly close enough to the beach to seduce me into trying a little bird-in-flight  photography. The next three images are a sequence from a single flight.

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Canon EOS 7D (190mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO400) Brown Pelican flying alone near beach

These magnificent birds have a wingspan of around seven feet. To me, they appear very graceful when their wings are fully extended as shown below in the next frame of the continuous-burst sequence.

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Canon EOS 7D (190mm, f/5, 1/2000 sec, ISO320) Same bird about an eighth of a second later

At other moments in flight, they are rather angular, as in the later frame below.

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Canon EOS 7D (190mm, f/5, 1/2000 sec, ISO500) About three seconds after previous photo

These are my first post-worthy photographs of the Brown Pelican. Ironically, they were taken in Texas, even though the Brown Pelican is the state bird of Louisiana, my home state.

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The location from which these photos were taken is shown on the map below. Zoom in for more detail.

 


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Texas Pelicans — 2 Comments

    • Thanks for the compliment about the shots. Regarding your other comment, I saw a T-shirt in Anchorage last month that read, “We could split Alaska in two and make Texas the 3rd largest state.”

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