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Pelicans and Swallows and Ducks, Oh My!

I drove to the Red Deer area in the middle of the province of Alberta and headed to the sloughs and ponds in the conservation areas with a friend. Sometimes we came up with nothing  and other times we found a rich supply of nature’s best. Shot everything with my Sigma 70-300 mm zoom lens with a macro feature between 200 and 300 mm but it was very windy so there was a lot of camera shake even using my cable shutter release.Tried a lot of modes just to brush up on my skills:  TV,AV,Manual, Sports…yes cheated on that last one. Following are photos of the American White Pelican, Tree Swallow, Cinnamon Teal and Blue-Winged Teal.


 Tree Swallow


©Jane Chesebrough

©Jane Chesebrough


5 responses

  1. sandy

    I was not expecting to see pelicans up there. Nice photos.

    May 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

  2. I was so surprised by the thing sticking up from the top of the pelican’s upper bill that I went to Wikipedia to read more about it. According to their article on American White Pelican, it is the only species of pelican to have this “horn”, and they only have it during the breeding season. After the eggs have been laid, the horn is shed. Weird, but interesting.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    • Thanks for that info, Deb. Yes, I noticed that some of those “horns” are very pronounced jane

      …don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” Cherokee proverb https://janechese.wordpress.com

      May 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

  3. Neat shots Jane…we have none of these species here…thanks for sharing!!!

    May 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

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