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Taking The Plunge 20081222

Taking The Plunge 20081222

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

Brown Pelicans have a practice of diving for fish by plunging into the water from flight.
After countless failed attempts off and on over a span of several years trying to catch
one of these rascals in a plunge just at the split second its bill touches the water,
today I finally succeeded!

Photographed along the Gulf coast near Port Lavaca, Texas, USA.

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Stewart07-Feb-2011 22:18
Excellent capture!
MolloyPhoto07-Feb-2011 13:06
Linda Johansson30-Sep-2010 11:04
Perfect and impressive!
Audun Nygaard24-Aug-2010 14:32
very nice shoot, perfect timing
Dan Opdal24-Feb-2010 07:22
Very Excellent Image Gordon!!! V
Stuart Smith19-Feb-2010 14:10
Impeccable timing!
Ian Dalgliesh29-Jan-2010 20:49
Wow!what a terrific shot.Bravo!
imagetj05-Jan-2010 13:26
Perfect Timing
monica memoli03-Dec-2009 00:19
Wow! Great timing!
Chad Ramsey27-Aug-2009 18:15
Hay that pelican is up to his beak in air.... :) (I had to come comment again.)
Christophe Pampoulie26-Aug-2009 13:39
Oh my, what a shot. Perfect timing.
Women in Photography26-Aug-2009 00:57
I'm jealous!! xcellent capture. V
Sharon Payette
Mary Bowles14-Jun-2009 19:58
This was the one which caught my eye in the thumbnail version.
Balletic !
A superb capture; which takes one's breath away.
T. Richard Chen25-May-2009 21:45
A typical diving bomber!! Perfect timing. - VVV -
Jeff B.14-May-2009 22:29
Best timing ever! V
Monique Trempe16-Apr-2009 17:47
Fantastic shot!
sergecouvrette26-Mar-2009 00:13
This is what bird photography is all about, Absolutaly amazing shot.
Thank's for posting it.

Sue Robertson12-Mar-2009 23:56
Good heavens, what a capture!.. v
Jean 28-Feb-2009 14:53
All nature is unprectable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Right time, correct equipment ans SUPERB TALENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing>
Pawel Kazmierczyk31-Jan-2009 21:08
I join the chorus of viewers captivated by this image, vote
Phil31-Jan-2009 00:11
great timing, well done
Sam X25-Jan-2009 03:33
one in a million shot...
Tom Torbert22-Jan-2009 05:24
This one makes me smile.. Looks like a circus trick.. Great image of amazing behavior.. V
Sandi Whitteker18-Jan-2009 18:47
Great timing Gordon! You must have waited for this one for awhile.
Lloyd & Sandy Spitalnik18-Jan-2009 07:13
Never any doubt you'd do it!! Super shot Gordon.
Jean Chiasson16-Jan-2009 23:46
Beautiful image and timing vote
Andre Fontaine15-Jan-2009 23:59
magnifique prise ! v
Guest 15-Jan-2009 23:41
I guess the best comment on this capture is: Congratulations!
Andreas Haible15-Jan-2009 23:36
Marco Valk14-Jan-2009 18:51
excellent shot; superb timing. v
The Third Side11-Jan-2009 22:44
Amazing how they can balance on the water like that.
(great shot !)
Monique Becker et Jean Luc Bocquillon06-Jan-2009 20:17
Wonderfull ! Vote
Jim 06-Jan-2009 17:37
What a shot, way to go.
Bill McMullen05-Jan-2009 19:10
Perfect timing Gordon - well done!
Reflections by Ruth04-Jan-2009 17:56
congrats, certainly worth all your persistence. perfect timing.
Our Colin03-Jan-2009 17:43
You certainly did ! great timing ...
MarcWildPassion02-Jan-2009 17:41
Excellent timing for sure:
neos_marc02-Jan-2009 04:35
What a perfect timing! Great shot!
J Ponces01-Jan-2009 18:24
Very good and difficult moment. I too, love Pelicans.... Regards
Guest 31-Dec-2008 23:03
I have been trying for awhile to get this shot also.
Since Ike, my photo area was heavily damaged and what pelicans we had here are now gone for the winter. Have fun capturing natures comedians (they are truly funny to watch, almost human like in some respects).
Serena Bowles30-Dec-2008 22:53
Well done you, got there in the end - great capture.
Philip Schwarz Photography30-Dec-2008 18:26
Fantastic balance. Great catch.
Larry Grace30-Dec-2008 13:18
Excellent, nice work in catching the action at this point.
Trevor Hovenden30-Dec-2008 12:59
neat shot, could you give us something with a bit of action next time lol
just fantastic....well done
C Ann How30-Dec-2008 03:10
Its just like a giant drill - what timing!
Chad Ramsey29-Dec-2008 17:56
That's really crazy!!! Great shot Gordon! V
Hernan E. Enriquez29-Dec-2008 00:54
Super shot1 Great timing!
Nancy Good28-Dec-2008 23:11
WOW!! Congrats on this capture! I can certainly appreciate how elusive this has been. BV
william mahan28-Dec-2008 21:52

It doesn't get much better than this....Fantastic!!!!
Huib Tom28-Dec-2008 19:17
Great timing!
Apostolos Tikopoulos28-Dec-2008 13:17
Amazing timing and a wonderful picture- V.
trinko27-Dec-2008 18:22
great action capture
Keith O'Brien26-Dec-2008 22:15
Brilliant capture, excellent timing! V
rainroosty25-Dec-2008 22:59
Ooooooh, WAY TO GO!!!
Karen Moen25-Dec-2008 14:12
Wow, what a perfect Christmas gift for you---and for us. Thank you! I also like how they fold their wings just as they hit the water. Voted.
Dan the man25-Dec-2008 14:04
Congratulation!!! You see... Patience do pay! Bravo! V
Mike Loring Photography24-Dec-2008 19:19
nice timing
Brian Baker24-Dec-2008 10:13
Wonderful capture Gordon as always.
What's the next challenge!
skhin23-Dec-2008 22:43
Nice stop action shot!
Rian Houston23-Dec-2008 15:09
Cool shot! V.
Jennifer M23-Dec-2008 14:25
Totally awesome!
Harriet Holland23-Dec-2008 13:57
Great timing Gordon!!!
Doug Cruden23-Dec-2008 09:52
Worth the wait Gordon, tremendous shot!! V
Dave Hein23-Dec-2008 09:08
Outstanding! And worth all the failed attempts I'm sure! :)
Gérard Koehl23-Dec-2008 06:07
Wo... excellent. V
Kat23-Dec-2008 05:44
Excellent capture of the brown pelicans humorous style of fishing. They are fun to watch. Nice work...Vote :)
Stuart Smith23-Dec-2008 05:07
Congratulations! Perfect timing... v
Sam Rua23-Dec-2008 04:43
Great timing Gordon.
Yi Feng23-Dec-2008 04:29
Wonderful timing!
Jean Ray23-Dec-2008 04:09
Wow! This is an amazing feat-- for both of you! I have never seen a pelican dive at that angle before, and to catch it at that moment is incredible!
Herb Knufken23-Dec-2008 03:47
Well captured
Dennis Hoyne23-Dec-2008 03:42
Excellent! Perfect timing.
Kuriacose Joseph23-Dec-2008 03:07
jCross23-Dec-2008 02:28
absolutely stuning, Gordon.
carol j. phipps23-Dec-2008 02:06
Acrabat! Vote
Tom Munson23-Dec-2008 02:02
Now that's some great timing, Gordon. Terrific image.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography23-Dec-2008 01:48
Terrific shot, Vote !
Bill Ewart Jr23-Dec-2008 01:46
Gordon, this is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest 23-Dec-2008 01:33
Great Capture
Brad Claypole23-Dec-2008 01:17
Great that you finally got it.
marko gregoric23-Dec-2008 00:12
Very good action shot. V.
Glen Sansoucie23-Dec-2008 00:05
Incredible timing! Great shot!