Got Any Fish?

This delightful beggar flew up to us in search of an easy dinner.

This delightful beggar flew up to us in search of an easy dinner.
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jmatthewlarson January 19, 2016
A Galapagos Pelican. You see them all around the Gulf of Mexico and Florida. Beautiful bird in my opinion! Nice shot!
MaggieClaire January 23, 2016
Thank you!
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laurenkaymyers January 24, 2016
I love pelicans and I love this shot Great capture!
MaggieClaire January 24, 2016
Thank you! :)
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KimWrightPhotography February 05, 2016
Your pelicans are so different to ours here in Australia, it's fascinating! Great shot.
tonydriza February 09, 2016
Wow, extremely well done!
brucesharock February 13, 2016
I love the detail you have captured with this Pelican. Great photo! Thanks for the Peer award for the golden sun. Enjoy your weekend!

Behind The Lens

I took this shot on my first trip to Port Aransas, TX. I was VERY new into photography. I'd recently gotten a little point and shoot Canon camera, and I was so excited to record my favorite moments from our first trip to the Texas coast. Little did I know that this camera would spark a love of photography in me!
It was in the mid-afternoon, probably around 3:00. We had just taken the ferry over to the island, and we stopped in at the look-out points to see if we could see any dolphins. (And we did!)
I remember it was a beautiful, sunny day. There weren't many clouds in the sky, and the salty sea breeze was light. It was the epitome of a perfect trip to the beach!
I used my little Canon Powershot. At the time, it was all that I had.
As I mentioned earlier, I was stopped to see if I could see dolphins. They were splashing and playing in the wakes of the ferries, and being the first time I'd ever seen them in the wild, I was fascinated. Then I walked along the large rocks by the shoreline, listening to the seagulls laughing overhead. Every so often I'd come across a fisherman, and wherever he or she was, the pelicans were also close by. I'd just passed a fisher when I took this photo. At the time, I was still watching the water for signs of dolphins. This beautiful pelican landed right in front of me, begging for fish! I took his picture while he waited to see if I had a snack. Then, when he realized I wasn't fishing, he waddled down to the man I'd just passed. I don't know if he got a bite to eat, but I getting to see him up close and personal!
I did some cropping and minimal color enhancement. At the time, I knew very little about post processing.
In my camera bag
Since taking this shot, my camera bag has grown. I have a Canon Rebel t6i and a Canon Rebel 5. I also have two Tamron lenses: an SP150 - 600 mm and a 70 - 300 mm. The Powershot was a great camera to begin my photographer's journey, but I love the DSLR cameras and lenses!
Be prepared! I was so glad that I had not left my camera in the car when this encounter with the Pelican occurred! I could have easily missed the shot if I hadn't been ready.

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