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Australian Pelican

Australian Pelican (Image ID 41418)
Photographed byLorraine Gordon on Wed 4th Sep, 2019 and uploaded on Sat 25th Jul, 2020 .
Resolution1335x1800
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ID41418
CommentA Pelican on a rural dam is a very very nervous bird. I skirted the dam by about 300 meters and then for the last 50 meters I crawled on my tummy. Our herd of cattle had been removed the previous day and I had to be very careful not to crawl in cow pats. On reaching a large oak tree that was growing on the edge of the dam, I rolled over and waited until my back was not screaming. I then crawled another 4 meters and positioned myself so I could just see through the tall grass that was growing on the edge of the dam. It was pacing back and forth and was in a group of spoonbills. I also think it sensed that I was there. I waited, focused on a very small gap in the long grass hoping that it's eye would stay long enough for a shot. This is what I got. I love the fact that there is no distractions and your eyes are directed straight to its head and eye. The elegant hold of its head for a somewhat clumsy, big bird. Also the memory of what I did to get this photo makes it all the more special.
EquipmentCanon 5d iii Camera

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS ii USM
f/5.6 1/1600 ss ISO 320 +0.3 exposure @ 400mm
LocationTHE BRANCH, New South Wales
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