Thursday, September 22, 2011

American White Pelican

I photographed this American White Pelican at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2009. It was August and very hot and humid. The best time to photograph the wildlife is early in the morning. It's not as hot in the early morning hours and the animals are more active. Most of the exhibits at the Audubon Nature Institute offer outstanding photographic opportunities in natural settings.

The American White Pelican is native to North America. They nest in large colonies of hundres of pairs. The average life span of the American White Pelican is 16 years. Unlike the Brown Pelican the American White Pelican is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

To learn more visit the Audubon Nature Institute's web-site.

Also, visit Wikipedia for additional information about the American White Pelican.

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Metadata: Nikon D3 with a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G lens, Exposer: 1/160s at f/5.6, ISO: 200, Focal Length: 300mm, Exposure Mode: Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV, Aperture Priority, Metering Mode: Pattern, Filter: Circular Polarizer, Subject Distance: 11.9 meters, Lighting: Natural Daylight, Date: 08/05/2012 at 11:57 am, Post Processing: ACDSee Photo Editor 2008
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