Pelicans have held a fascination for me ever since my grandfather taught me Rudyard Kipling's verse when I was a small boy:
"A wise old bird is the pelican
His beak holds more than his belly can ..."
I think our local pelicans are pretty wise because they don't fish for themselves: they herd fishermen down to the water to catch their meal for them. Here's one using is fisherman to catch breakfast shortly after sunrise
Seriously though, until this day I had never been able to capture a close-up shot of a pelican, so when I spotted this fellow standing on the rock platform I slowly worked my way towards him. He was a little wary of me as I was only a few metres from him and he kept twisting his head around to see what I was up to. (I was motionless, just photograhing him as quickly as I could in case he took flight.)
I hoped to capture a sense of this bird's regalness, and I hoped the open space to the left would convey a sense of his 'domain'. I took the photos from the shaded side because previous experience has shown that direct sunlight blows the whites in their feathers. Also, I was taken by the golden 'halo' from the early morning sun on his neck. Any comments and criticism will be appreciated.
All shots were taken with EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens.