For as long as they have existed, sea birds and their ancestors have plied the oceans, riding the updrafts of surf, waves and sea swells to gain efficiency and a free ride. My favorite practitioner of this skill is the pelican. I have been watching pelicans cruise the coastline with a graceful effortlessness for many years
from the thumbnail I though it was someone doing a backflip in the sea but opening the LV we see the pelican in all its glory. What a fantastic capture this is, the composition, the details of the pelican in flight and with the wave just breaking. Nice work Pat, I've ticked all my boxes.
plimrn (2019/09/22 19:57:56): Thank you Elaine, we had very fortunate conditions for pelican photography
Thank you for a great shot. The details of the bird and water spray fantastic.
There were some photos on PF with plenty of water and nothing to see - your's in opposite to it, plenty to see and like seeing it.
I love it.
My eyeglasses are very good, did not mistake pelican for a person in the thumbnail.
plimrn (2019/09/21 21:02:52): Thank, I have a huge collection of peli photos. Good glasses are very important, My husband quit reading for almost a year before he finally broke down and got some
I cannot spare you another "favourite" ;-) It's simply great how you could place the bird here in front of an optically "calm part" of the wave. A fascinating and truly not everyday photo. I like it very much. The large version is a treat. A photographic masterpiece.
Greetings from still dust dry Westphalia!
plimrn (2019/09/21 21:55:50): Good fortune helped! We had perfect conditions to set up a tripod, with a deserted beach and lots of pelicans
Aren't they wonderful to watch, such a big bird flying through the air near the wave. Always impressive when they dive down coming up with a fish, no doubt a fascinating bird to watch. Fantastic image, the wonderful color of the sea is amazing.
plimrn (2019/09/21 21:59:25): Actually the surfing is much better on the other side of the Baja Pennisula...after we left this place we got some nice waves in Todos Santos
What a great one. For sure in my list for the tom.
You will laught at me, but from the main post : I thought it was a surfer with head upside down :). It is only when looking at the pano I understood it was a bird !
Marvelous and perfect timing.
plimrn (2019/09/21 22:00:31): Thank you. We had perfect conditions for a pelican shoot.
I love how the pelicans along the coast play with the waves. We have lots of pelicans at Moss Landing and I can stand most of the day watching them ply across the harbor or along the coast. Their diving is rather humorous and kind of clumsy but they do make the catch. Well done.
jwmunro (2019/09/24 03:33:46): Naaaa, this is very good.
Johnplimrn (2019/09/22 19:46:39): I do too, still their widespread availability makes the image pale in comparison to your fierce lion
2007? Nikon D200? WOW! that was around when we met first at our Eastern Sierra Nevada gig.
Simply fantastic image! You have just about everything perfect and the result is a stunner. I really think this would deserve a very large print, at least 3 feet width, and hung at some upscale office or living room!