Day 23 — Brown Pelican Makes a Splash

This morning we walked down the beach to the South Jetty; we saw this brown pelican fishing just off the jetty. He caught a fish and took off, swallowing as he flew off. This was my favorite photo of the sequence because of the wing position and the water splash as he lifts his body out of the water.

200mm
ISO 200
f/5.6
1/1250
SOOC

Here’s the entire sequence from take-off to gulp down! In the last two photos, you can see the lower beak stretch out as he gulps down the fish.