In May 2019, I had the opportunity to visit the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma and capture a stunning photo of an American White Pelican. This particular bird was spotted walking on the fishing pier near the Sand Town parking area.

American White Pelican Portrait

American White Pelican at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

Using my Fujifilm X-T3 camera equipped with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens and a Fringer EF-FX Pro, I positioned my pickup truck in a way that allowed me to photograph the pelican as it walked on the pier. The bird soon noticed me and made its way to the grassy area near the water. Despite its close proximity, I was able to capture several profile photos.

The American White Pelican is a stunning bird that is commonly found in North America, specifically in the western parts of the United States. However, this bird species can also be found in the eastern part of Oklahoma, including the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge where I captured my photo.

These pelicans are known for their striking white feathers and large size, with a wingspan of up to 9 feet. They are often seen near bodies of water, where they feed on fish and other aquatic animals. Unlike other pelican species, American White Pelicans do not dive for their food; instead, they scoop up fish from the water’s surface with their large bills.

Overall, my experience photographing this American White Pelican was truly a memorable one. It’s always a privilege to capture the beauty of wildlife in their natural habitat, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share this photo with others.

Steve Creek, Wildlife Photographer