||Brown Pelicans were hard-hit by the effects of DDT, but since its banning, the pelicans have become common sights along the coastal United States. John had seen several perched atop the piers at Fort De Soto and many more soaring just over the waves before he spotted this beautiful bird showing off its yellow breeding plumage and striking blue eyes.
|Equipment:||Canon EOS 30D|
Canon EF 300mm f4L IS with 1.4x Teleconverter
|Settings:||f8; 1/1600 sec.; focal length at 420 mm; ISO 200|
|Date:||February 9, 2007 2:55 pm|
|Location:||Fort De Soto Park / Tierra Verde, FL|
Though John did capture bull-body shots of this particular pelican perched atop the corner of a concession stand, the bust-crop made for a much better composition and highlights the bird's striking eyes and feather detail quite well.