<< Previous Next >>

Fisherbird’s Friend - IV

Fisherbird’s Friend - IV
Photo Information
Copyright: Gabi Klemm (klemmg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM, Sigma UV
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Interacting birds, Birds' interaction with different bird species [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-12 18:24
Viewed: 5331
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fisherbird’s Friend - IV

- or "MY fishing flotilla !!!"

This time the fisher, or rather the fishing flotilla from the size of it, is a brown pelican, and just as a real flotilla he is followed by gulls.

Brown pelicans usually will dive from the air for fish, while white pelicans are too buoyant and usually meet in a larger group to herd their prey in shallow water, and scoop their lunch out.

This one was catching his lunch while floating, and was fishing alone, or at least he tried to.

Some gulls soon provided a social atmosphere. One especially got very friendly and provided me with some of my favourite (if technically flawed) shots that just max out on the cuteness factor.

The whole sequence incl. the two "friends” to follow was taken from far away (even for the 500 mm "Bigma"), so all these are huge crops from larger pictures, with detail lost accordingly both due to crop and focussing problems that made sharpening and noise reduction necessary (autofocus won’t work well when the subject to focus on is some tiny speck in the distance). Light was not terribly good either so I needed ISO 800 for the action. Usually ISO 800 is fine, but not in addition to heavy cropping.

I tried my best to save them, and think I succeeded enough to get the story across. Enjoy!

Here are the links to the previous posts in this series with some info:
Fisherbird’s Friend - I
Fisherbird’s Friend - II
Fisherbird’s Friend - III

coasties, marhowie, Dave, wallhalla15, timonejoon has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Gabi, this is great. I love the 'big guy'. He is obviously very popular with the smaller crowd. Nicely composed and well seen. Thanks.

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-12 22:39]

Très bonne cette prise,l'ation du Goelan mordant le fessier du Pélican est très amussante. Félicitations pour l'éclairage et la netteté.

Merci Gabi!


  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-01-13 0:10]

This one makes me smile, a very good composition, sharp, well exposed and well composed. Thanks a lot for sharing,


Wow. Very good action shot. Detail and colours are very good.

Great job

  • Great 
  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-13 7:07]

Hi Gabi,
The brown pelican is the state bird of my home state.
It was interesting reading the difference between the brown and the white.
Nice picture! Great DOF and POV!

Very good DOF & timing to get all three subjects in so well Gabi.. Excellent sharpness, exposure, detail and color here also. Even with the distance, film speed & crop involved in this one, very nice results. Very well done. Thank You!

bonjour gabi
excellente photo,rien a dire.

Excellent shot Gabi, great sharpness, details and lighting, great contrast and excellent POV. Very well done, thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Nice capture. Great compostion and the sharpness can't be better than this.
Well done

Hi Gabi
Good detail, colours and sharpness. Composition and exposure are spot on. Good framing and POV.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

  • Great 
  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-15 15:01]

Hi Gabi,
Excellent shot on this very interesting image,
excellent details and good DOF.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi, Gabi.
Very nice and interesting composition of different birds. Excellent sharpness and DOF.

Hi Gabi

lovely friendship, yep it is nice, with freat result and good POV and DOF you made a great shot.
thanks 4 sharing

interesting combination, TFS Ori

Calibration Check