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.
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!