What says “Florida” more than our Brown Pelican? Many would be surprised to find that despite our rich local population, this bird was recently removed from the endangered species list. Why? The usual culprit- habitat loss. More and some good news on the Brown Pelican:
- Of the 7 worldwide Pelican species only the Brown sports both dark plumage and dives head first when fishing.
- Young birds show the descriptive brown plumage while mature adults show greyish silver feathering on the black, white & yellow on the neck and a chocolate nape.
- With their 6 1/2 foot wingspan, they’re extremely agile fliers offering nature photographers great opportunities for flight photos.
- Pelican numbers have improved and at least for the moment are off the endangered species list. With their expressive faces, aerial prowess and concentrated population in Southwest Florida be sure to include them in your list. Photography Tip: Photograph them in the morning for nice colorful feathering and be sure to include some attractive portraits with your camera in both the horizontal (landscape) and vertical (portrait) positions. Use sunset as an opportunity for artistic silhouettes. Above facts thanks to the Peterson Field Guide & The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Interested in learning to take better pictures of our birds? Contact me more info & about joining me in the field for hands on instruction.. Has “Birds of Florida” been a good topic?…Gordon.
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