One of the questions I 'm asked is "how did you get that photograph?", and one of the statements I hear often is "you must have been lucky." Listed below are 5 photographs I took over two days. They are of white pelicans, one cormorant and 2 herons.
So now in as few words as I can possibly use is how I did it and why I was lucky.
The first day I was returning to a site I had seen several weeks earlier. I expected to find egret and herons. Instead I found pelicans hundreds of them. On that day I took 300 photographs, and on the next day I took 1549 photographs. Yes, in two days I took 1849 photographs. I have posted 6. I'm sure there are others I should work on, but these 6 stood out for me. My point of course is if you take a lot of photographs you have something to choose from. There are some other things that help. My camera takes 8 frames a second and , and I have a 400mm lens. The 8 frames helps capture the action and the lens brought them close and focuses like lighting. Although, I think the most important thing was patience. The first day I stood in the same place for an hour and during that time I studied their behavior. I noticed what made them nervous and how they acted when relaxed. The second day I stood (I mean stood) in the same place for over 3 hours. After awhile I became part of the environment and they stopped noticing me. They started to get too close to me. So, I went after my 70-200mm lens, and started shooting again. Finally, most of them flew off, I guess they had better things to do.
So how do I get the photograph? Well I have the right equipment. I take a lot of photographs. I can be very patient. As far as being lucky I guess in manner of speaking I was. I didn't expect the pelicans, or to be able to photograph fish in their bill, or catch a cormorant diving with its beak wide open. On the other hand I just think it was a reward for being patient.
After I had written this post I decided to add one last pic. Click on the pic to make it bigger the one pelican in the middle is flying the wrong way, or all the others are.