View Full Version : Don't annoy this pelican

Rich Z
11-06-2013, 11:16 AM
This pelican was not amused by me hiding in the bushes and standing each time he came up with a mouthful. Finally, after he'd eaten his fill, he got mad and while vocalizing angrily, he ran across the water until he got airborne, then flew right at me, squawking angrily, and very loud. Looking at this through a 600mm lens, it looked like he was going to hit me. He turned away eventually and I kept on shooting. Great fun; Rich



No mistaking that glare, right into the lens.

I was thinking about that big, yellow hook on the end of his beak.


11-06-2013, 01:01 PM
Nice series. He certainly does look upset. I'm likin' that last one alot with the outstretched wings....great timing!

Mad Aussie
11-06-2013, 03:28 PM
Well ole cranky feathers certainly presented you with a great opportunity... and you didn't waste it. Nice sharp shots and something different.

Mike Bons
11-07-2013, 11:21 AM
I don't usually get the opportunity to photograph these birds where I live, however I really enjoyed them on my recent trip to Florida. I love the intensity in #4. Nice work!

11-07-2013, 11:23 AM
this is a terrific set. I once got that look from a goose. Right before he pecked my lens....

Rich Z
11-07-2013, 11:25 AM
Thanks, aubintbay. Luck was the crucial ingredient, it all happened so fast. Rich

Rich Z
11-07-2013, 11:30 AM
Thank you, Mad Aussie. Ole cranky feathers really made my day, especially when I got home and looked at them on the big screen. Rich

Rich Z
11-07-2013, 11:33 AM
Thanks, Mike. Intensity is right, the squawks he was letting out added greatly to the intensity. Rich

Rich Z
11-07-2013, 11:38 AM
Thank you, Bambi. Yup, geese are belligerent, and they usually don't need a reason. Also, they are too greasy. Rich

11-07-2013, 04:17 PM
Great sharp action set. Number 4 is my favourite

Rich Z
11-08-2013, 01:22 AM
Thanks, Runmonty. Number four is the one which added a bit of pucker to the photographer. Rich

11-08-2013, 10:21 AM
What a great set. Number 4 is my favourite shot from this set. Well done! :thumbup:

Rich Z
11-08-2013, 10:04 PM
Thank you, Iguanasan. Around number four, I was thinking about bailing. The mud was too deep for a quick exit, otherwise I might have. Rich

11-09-2013, 09:43 AM
Wow. That guy really does doesn't like his picture being taken.
Love the progression of shots. Really tells the story. Number 4 for me as well.

Rich Z
11-09-2013, 12:42 PM
Thank you, asnow. The progression of shots was 15 shots taken in 21 seconds. I picked 7 to post, but the forum would only let me post 5 in one post. I've learned how to get around that now. Too bad I couldn't have posted the progression I wanted as he made some other maneuvers which were part of the story. I'm glad you like them as I ate a lot of mud to get them. Rich

11-09-2013, 03:38 PM
These, are great, Rich. That fourth one is awesome!

Rich Z
11-09-2013, 08:21 PM
Thanks, Jason. The fourth one makes me think there's still a little dinosaur left in them. Rich

11-11-2013, 01:20 AM
You interrupted lunch. Of course he was cranky. Nice series of action shots.

Rich Z
11-11-2013, 04:32 AM
Thank you, QuietOne. I am a disrupting influence, but I got the pix. That may be the death of me someday, but not from a pelican. Rich