Pelican Water 1
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The La Jolla coves north of San Diego always amaze me in how humans and wildlife can co-exist. If you arrive early on a Sunday morning, you can park less than a hundred yards from the coves. On a good day, you'll witness pelicans, gulls, and cormorants flying into the wind, seals fishing in the cove, and maybe a whale or two passing by. Add to this nature show, humans swimming from the cove to the Scripps pier, scuba divers checking out the ocean floor, and kayakers checking out the coves. Absolutely amazing. On my last visit, I actually captured, by accident, a seal jumping out of the water.
Most of the photographers that visit the coves to photograph pelicans visit during early January when the male pelicans exhibit their mating colors. My visit in December was a little premature but I was the only photographer at the location. Typically, there are dozens of photographers including some that intrude into the pelican's space, which is unfortunate.
The above image shot with a 300-800 F5.6 zoom lens on a 12 MP DSLR mounted on a carbon fiber tripod with ball head.