Last February Donnette and I made a day visit to Indian Creek Recreation Area. My main reason for the trip was to use a new Olympus E-M1 camera on the road for the first time, having just purchased it the previous month. Before reaching the recreation area, we stopped at the backwaters of the reservoir where we saw a flock of American White Pelicans swimming near the distant shore of a cove. Examining the photo closely, I count twelve pelicans, all but one with their heads underwater. Unfortunately, they were too far away to be photographed individually.
Olympus E-M1 (300mm, f/13, 1/4000 sec, ISO1250)
Later, while hiking in the campground on the shore of the reservoir, I spotted a group of pelicans flying far above me. Coincidentally, there were also twelve birds in this flock. I do not know whether or not it was the same flock shown in the above photo. Again, they were too distant for individual photographs.
Olympus E-M1 (300mm, f/7.1, 1/1250 sec, ISO100)
At one point while I was hiking, I looked up through the trees to see three or four pelicans flying above me. These were much lower but flying very fast. I was only able to get a shot of one of them. Because it was midday, the sun was high enough in the sky to backlight its wings and give its tail feathers a glow.
Olympus E-M1 (300mm, f/7.1, 1/1000 sec, ISO200)
This visit turned out to be quite a treat for us. Donnette, always looking for more birds, was able to see some she has seldom encountered—American White Pelicans. I also enjoyed observing the pelicans and was able to get some much needed experience photographing with the E-M1 while hiking.
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