Brown Pelican Fly-By


I didn’t see this Brown Pelican coming from my left until it was right in front of me, full frame.

So close, I heard the wings flap with a ‘whoosh‘!


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Brown Pelican


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Brown Pelican


With a massive wingspan of 6.5 – 7 feet, these large birds are masterful flyers, flying at speeds up to 30 mph!

(Photos taken February 2020 at 10,000 Islands NWR, Everglades, Florida)



43 thoughts on “Brown Pelican Fly-By

    • Thank you, Deborah, it was that perfect moment of chance, I only took the two photos then watched it fly on. I wasn’t even sure if I got it in focus, I just stood there in awe of how close and hearing those massive wings beat. šŸ˜Š

    • Thank you, Ted! I just fired those two shots and then just stood there & watched it fly off, not even sure if I got a perfect focus. Hearing those wings is indeed magical, great way to describe it! šŸ˜Š

    • Thank you, Mike! I was in awe with the experience and was in shock when I downloaded the photos seeing I nailed the two shots. ( I did one of my happy dances! šŸ’ƒ) šŸ˜Š

  1. They are masters of flight, strong wings a good muscle to lift a large body and soar the sky. Great captures, Donna. šŸ™‚ šŸ‘

    • Thank you, Belinda! I was actually shocked I nailed the two shots when I downloaded them, I was tickled pink and happy dancing! šŸ’ƒ The whole experience was pretty wonderful.

    • The Brown Pelican is about the same wingspan as the Bald Eagle at 6 1/2′ to7′. However, the Golden Eagle is a solid 7′ wingspan. Still these are beaten in size by the White Pelican with it’s wingspan of 8-9′ nad the biggest is the California Condor at 10 1/2′! šŸ™‚

    • Thank you very much! I’m presently using my Nikon D750 with my 70-200mm lens stacked with a 1.7x teleconverter. There’s a tab at the top of my blog “Me and My Gear” that lists all my equipment. šŸ™‚

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