Pelican portrait


The resident Australian Pelicans were resting in the sun at the zoo’s Southern Oceans exhibit. One bird was sitting near the enclosure fence, creating the opportunity for an extreme close-up, frame-filling portrait. There was minimal colour in the photo so I converted it to black and white, emphasising composition and tones.

Taronga Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales

Nikon D300, Nikkor 18–200mm f3.5–5.6 VR AF-S lens at 170mm, 1/500, f8, ISO 200, Hoya UV(o) filter

by Nicole McTaggart, New South Wales