American White Pelican Flying Low

American White Pelican Flying Over Arkansas River - Oklahoma

American White Pelican Flying Over Arkansas River - Oklahoma

Wednesday I posted a photo I took in reference to an American White Pelican Landing in the Arkansas River at Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam in Oklahoma. Today's photo is of an American White Pelican flying low over the river near the same area.

All About Birds website states that The American White Pelican are superb soarers (they are among the heaviest flying birds in the world) and often travel long distances in large flocks by soaring. When flapping, their wing beats are slow and methodical.

The species also has the second largest average wingspan of any North American bird, after the California condor. This large wingspan allows the bird to easily use soaring flight for migration. Body weight can range between 7.7 and 30 lb, although typically these birds average between 11 and 20 lb. (Source: Wikipedia)

How I Got The Shot - American White Pelican

I am photographing the Pelicans while sitting on the rocks below the dam on the south side. This time I was on the east side of the parking area.

I was using my Canon EOS 7D camera with the Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS lens. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/2000 of a second at f7.1 and the ISO at 640. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with spot metering.

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