What's goimg on here? This juvenile pelican wasn't just seeking an adrenaline rush; in fact this behavior is quite common. Young pelicans, in particular, engage in such plunges as part of their learning process to refine their fishing skills and build their confidence in navigating the water.
Pelicans are known for their remarkable plunge-diving technique so they can target schools of fish swimming near the surface.
Want to capture a photo like this? Here are some tips:
1. Scout the Location: Spend time observing the pelicans and identifying their favorite perching spots on the rocks. Position yourself strategically to get the best vantage point. Get eye level or lower.
2. Fast Shutter Speed: Pelicans move swiftly, especially when diving. Use a fast shutter speed to freeze the action and avoid any motion blur. I use 1/2000 at a minimum.
3. Continuous Shooting Mode: Enable continuous shooting mode to capture a sequence of shots for a better chance at a mid-plunge shot.
4. Optimal Lighting: Aim for natural light. Early morning or late afternoon will light up the feathers. Or a light cloudy day for provide soft lighing.
5. Be Patient: Pelicans might take their time before deciding to plunge.