Flashback Friday: Pelicans flying over the Sea of Cortez

It has been a couple of years since I went to Cabo San Lucas.  Thinking about an image for Flashback Friday, one from a spectacular sunrise there came to mind.  The fiery sky had me thinking about where to set up for a landscape shot when I saw a brief of brown pelicans flying low over the water.  I switched to my camera with a telephoto lens attached and watched as they rose off the water.  This let their silhouettes contrast sharply from the background.  That got me excited and I squeezed off a couple of photos before they dropped down again and continued southwards.

If you are interested in seeing a few more images like this one, here is another photo from the same flight which I posted that morning in December 2014.  And, another post where one pelican flew very close to me a couple of days later and I isolated the lone bird against the sky and the rising sun.

A few minutes later, I returned to landscape hunting and was not disappointed in any way with what nature laid out before me.


3 responses

  1. Pingback: Flashback Friday: Pelicans flying over the Sea of Cortez | davida's corner

  2. p. grover

    Hello Chris…..loved the first shot of the lone pelican against the sky…it looks almost “ragged” and certainly prehistoric…we get them here in the summers (Chilcotin area, BC)…they breed on a small island at the fishing lake, Puntzi Lake…very impressive mating dances! When we see them they are white with black-tipped wings. If ever you should come this way, we have huge area called Chilanko Marsh Complex and it’s a birder’s paradise. There are several resorts in area to stay too.

    January 26, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    • Thank you PG! I hadn’t heard of Chilanko before – it looks incredible. I have added that to my list of must visits!

      February 2, 2018 at 6:49 am

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