This is how I photograph pelicans with a long lens, says Sean Weekly

How to photograph pelicans from the shore with Sean Weekly
(Image credit: Sean Weekly)

I have been extremely fortunate to visit northern Greece most winters, so in January I headed back to the gorgeous Lake Kerkini to guide some photography workshops for Wildlife Worldwide Travel. The lake sits on the border of Greece and Bulgaria and is home to the rather majestic Dalmatian Pelicans. The pelicans come from a very ancient family of birds, with fossils dating back nearly 40 million years. It is incredibly easy to see why these birds still hold those prehistoric looks.

Regarding subjects and the scenery around you, it can be tricky being surrounded by endless photographic opportunities; you can get overwhelmed by what you want to photograph. I knew that I wanted to include the habitat and the mountains, so I started off looking for a good, clean background of the mountains without any distractions.

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