Photo Of The Month: Pelicans by Michael Egan

Michael Egan from Australia

Living in Snowy Valleys, Australia, has one very positive aspect for a nature and landscape photographer, and that is the early morning winter fog and mist, which lies in the valleys and on the waterways.

Our local lake is called Mannus Lake and is a five minute drive from our small farm in Tumbarumba. The lake is a favourite haunt of mine and this particular morning offered some heavy mist lying on top of the water.

When I arrived the visibility was poor - about fifty meters. But, as the dawn broke and the sun climbed higher, there was some burn-off and I could just see this group of pelicans huddled together on a dead tree, about forty meters away from the water’s edge. The challenge was to wait until there was enough light through the mist to allow the pelicans to be sharp in the frame, yet capture some of the fog before it burnt off completely.

We don’t notice how big these birds really are until we get close enough to them. As I set up to shoot, they were squabbling amongst themselves like a bunch of school kids arguing over a football. I set a selective focus point aiming at the eyes and shot a few frames. I call the image ‘Pelican Scrum’.

Pelicans, Tumbarumba, Australia, Canon 5D Mk III, Canon 100-400mm L, f5.6, 1/1000secs, ISO 200
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Clare Disano • WPM Editor


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