Brown Pelicans at Rialto Beach
Brown Pelicans and Sea Stacks

Brown Pelicans at Rialto Beach

Brown Pelicans are one of my favorite birds to photograph. I had photographed them previously in Florida and California but until recently, didn’t know you could find them in Washington where I live. It turns out large flocks hang out on Washington’s Pacific Ocean beaches. Here’s some recent shots of Brown Pelicans at Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park.

Brown Pelicans soaring over the Pacific Ocean at Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park.
Brown Pelicans Over the Pacific Ocean

Rialto Beach is a wonderful place to visit. A short easy walk from the parking lot gets you to the beach and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and a number of sea stacks. For bird lovers, there’s also a chance to see Brown Pelicans during the summer months. The day I was there in early August there was a flock of at least 50 Brown Pelicans at Rialto Beach. The birds were soaring over the water and some were fishing.

My biggest disappointment was that I was primarily focused on landscape photography for this trip. So I hadn’t brought my longest lens (Nikon 500mm PF) which would have helped to get some better closeups of the birds. I did get some great environmental shots with my wider lenses as shown int the photos above and below. I will however have to make a return trip with a telephoto lens for some closeups!

A group of Brown Pelicans over the Pacific Ocean from Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park.
Brown Pelicans at Rialto Beach.

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