Taken 11-Jan-16


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Keywords:American White Pelican, Florida, black, close, eye, feathers, flock, high-key, soft, white, yellow
Photo Info

Dimensions3510 x 2336
Original file size729 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken11-Jan-16 17:30
Date modified3-Jan-18 14:46
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D4S
Focal length500 mm
Focal length (35mm)500 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/320 at f/4
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias+1 1/3 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 320
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Pelican Eye

Pelican Eye

Every year I try to visit a small fish market in Sebastian Florida that hosts a large flock of American White Pelicans. They tend to hang out on the dock and in the surrounding water to get scraps of fish that are discarded from the market. Because they are there so often they are somewhat used to people and with a slow methodical approach you can get pretty close to them. This photo was taken just after the sun dipped below the fish market building so the birds were in shade and settling in for the evening. I noticed one particular bird had tucked its huge beak under a wing and was sleeping. Occasionally it would open its eye to look around. I slowly moved in to capture just that open eye in the sea of white pelican feathers. I liked the peaceful feeling of the single bird eye surrounded by white. Taken in Sebastian, Florida.