There are eight pelican species in the world and in Santa Cruz we have two: the American White and Brown Pelican.  There's something about the pelican.  Large bird that is kind of homely and goofy but one of the most graceful birds in flight and when diving for food.  The Brown Pelican is mainly an ocean bird where the American White is usually found on fresh water.  I came across a large flock of Brown Pelicans resting on the beach at the Parjaro River mouth with a fair number of gulls.  With the long 630 focal length from the 1.5x from the D7200 crop sensor and using a 1.4x teleconverter, I was far enough away from the birds that they felt comfortable enough for me to capture them resting; although, they were keeping an eye on them.

Photo of the Week 32: Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the Pajaro River Mouth EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8 with 1.4 TC    Taken: 3-2-2016 at 12:39 Settings: 630mm (35mm eqiv), 1/1000s, f/6.3, ISO250, +1/3EV         Conditions: Sunny

Photo of the Week 32: Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the Pajaro River Mouth

EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8 with 1.4 TC    Taken: 3-2-2016 at 12:39

Settings: 630mm (35mm eqiv), 1/1000s, f/6.3, ISO250, +1/3EV         Conditions: Sunny

These American White Pelicans were swimming through algae that grows in the summer in the warmer water in the ponds and sloughs in the SF and Monterey Bay areas.  It is fairly easy to capture these large birds since they have very few predators to worry about.

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) at Sunnyvale WPCP EQ: D7100, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 6-20-2015 at 10:41 Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/1600s, f/5.0, ISO200, +2/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) at Sunnyvale WPCP

EQ: D7100, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 6-20-2015 at 10:41

Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/1600s, f/5.0, ISO200, +2/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at Natural Bridges SB EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 2-4-2016 at 10:27 Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/1000s, f/6.3, ISO250, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at Natural Bridges SB

EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8    Taken: 2-4-2016 at 10:27

Settings: 450mm (35mm eqiv), 1/1000s, f/6.3, ISO250, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) at Watsonville Slough EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8 with 1.4 TC    Taken: 3-2-2016 at 10:53 Settings: 6300mm (35mm eqiv), 1/1250s, f/6.3, ISO110, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) at Watsonville Slough

EQ: D7200, 300mm f/2.8 with 1.4 TC    Taken: 3-2-2016 at 10:53

Settings: 6300mm (35mm eqiv), 1/1250s, f/6.3, ISO110, +1/3EV     Conditions: Sunny

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