Break Dance by Robert Case

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I spent the better part of this morning watching pelicans circling, hovering, diving, climbing all over the sky while they searched for fish to eat. When they spot a group, a dance begins that ends in a crash dive into the blue Caribbean water where they make their catch.

The velocity they build up and the splash they make when they hit kept me saying, “man that’s gotta hurt,” but they showed no effects and they’d do it over and over and over again.

In this shot a Pelican hovers over a patch of calm water off Ambergris Caye in Belize Central America. As it flew, the pelican kept one eye on the fish and another on me, and that made its break dance all the more interesting and exciting to watch.

Shot with Nikon D-3 and the Nikkor ED AF 80-200 f-2.8 zoom lens with Schneider polarizing filter


birds, caribbean, flight, nature, pelican


  • gail anderson
    gail andersonover 5 years ago

    holy moley! this is awesome!

  • Van Coleman
    Van Colemanover 5 years ago

    Beautiful image Robert!! Your DOF is fantastic in this one!!!!!xx

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago


  • Robert Case
    Robert Caseover 5 years ago

    THANK YOU for your comments guys! I like this picture too – glad you guys do as well. Birds don’t seem to get a lot of comments so having your is real special! thanks again. R

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...about 5 years ago

    wow!! an amazing capture

  • Kymie
    Kymiealmost 5 years ago

    Awesome photo – almost looks 3D :-)

  • John Linton
    John Lintonalmost 5 years ago

    DOFerrific. Pelicans rock.

  • queenofcups
    queenofcupsalmost 4 years ago

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