Brwon Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis: La Jolla, CaliforniaWhile I have been "West Coasting it up," I stopped at La Jolla with a friend to photograph Brown Pelicans. Much more colorful that the eastern race, the west coast birds have a brillant red and green pouch. these birds are accustom to people and perch no more than ten or twelve feet from the tourist who come to see them. I was shooting a 500mm lens to blur the background as much as possible, so I had to back-up to frame the bird.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/2500 sec. @ f7.1, ISO 800